Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Thailand, businesses vow to reduce plastic waste

Thailand, businesses vow to reduce plastic waste

A small male pilot whale, found unable to breath or move in a canal in Thailand last week, has died from large amounts of plastic clogging its digestive system.

Horrifying footage shows how a whale died after swallowing 80 plastic bags - despite vets spending a week trying to save the animal.

The government held an event with a group of private businesses at a Bangkok shopping mall on Tuesday-the UN World Environment Day.

Although the animal vomited five plastic bags during the rescue operation, it wasn't able to resist the ingestion of 80 plastic bags and other plastic items. We took out more than 8kg of plastic junk from the whale's stomach that were causing it to get sick.

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Thailand's Marine and Coastal Resources Department announced that this pilot whale had died on Friday (June 1) - another victim of the eight million tonnes of plastic that the United Nations says are dumped into the ocean every year. The department head, Jatuporn Buruspat, said the whale likely mistook the floating trash for food.

Thailand remains one of the world's worst polluters, with government initiatives to convince people to use less plastic largely failing, they said. In addition to policy changes, individuals and communities are encouraged to fight plastic pollution by recycling and reducing their own plastic use. "We have no idea how many animals aren't showing up on a beach", Asmutis-Silvia said. Environmental Protection Agency agrees, saying, "Following decades of uncontrolled dumping, some areas of the ocean became demonstrably contaminated with high concentrations of harmful pollutants including heavy metals, inorganic nutrients, and chlorinated petrochemicals".

The theme this year is "Beating Plastic Pollution". "We don't need food to be systematically wrapped in plastic, and we certainly don't need plastic straws or throwaway plastic coffee cups".

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