Spain’s plastic law impacts Thai beverage exports

Photo courtesy of Pattaya Mail

The Ministry of Commerce’s latest directive has set Thai entrepreneurs on a mission to crack the cap code in light of Spain’s latest law on plastic waste.

To tackle plastic waste, Spain’s new law insists bottle caps remain steadfastly attached, impacting global trade. Aligning with the EU’s green agenda, this move aims to slash plastic pollution and set a new standard for sustainability.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Phumtham Wechayachai, revealed that Thailand is gearing up to meet these stringent regulations, set to take effect from July 3. With the EU pushing for PET bottles to contain increasing levels of recycled plastic, adaptation is not just desirable but essential for survival in the international market.

As Spain paves the way for eco-friendly packaging, Thai entrepreneurs are poised to follow suit, exploring innovative solutions and materials to reduce plastic usage. From attached caps to alternative packaging, the race to eco-consciousness is on.

With consumer demand for sustainable products at an all-time high, businesses must sprint to keep pace with the EU’s evolving regulations, reported Pattaya Mail.

Failure to adapt risks being left behind in the race for sustainable international trade supremacy.

In related news, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is optimistic about recycling all plastic waste by 2027, as part of an initiative to curb the use of plastic. This plan forms part of the ministry’s plastic waste management roadmap from 2018 to 2030.

The strategy was devised in response to concerns over the growing use of single-use plastics, according to Thalerngsak Phetsuwan, the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary, speaking at a conference commemorating the upcoming Earth Day on April 22.

In other news, to combat plastic pollution, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Bottle Free Seas project has proven to be a roaring success, with plans now underway to expand its reach by installing an additional 200 drinking water refill points across the city.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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