Ban Plastic Straws from Beach Parties in Thailand

Target: Government of Thailand

Goal: Ban plastic straws from Full Moon beach parties

Each month, tourists and locals flock to Thailand’s tropical islands to attend the Full Moon parties hosted there. Depending on the season, the events may attract as many as 30,000 people. The partygoers spend the night dancing, drinking–and leaving the beach littered with plastic straws.  The straws are then washed out to sea, adding even more to the plastic waste that is already taking over the oceans. In order to help reduce the amount of waste accumulated at these parties, Thailand needs to ban plastic straws.

Plastic straws are petroleum-based and therefore,do not biodegrade. Because of their size, they are usually too small to be picked up by beach cleanup crews. The Full Moon party on Koh Phangan can accumulate as much as twelve tons of rubbish per day. Thailand has made efforts to counteract the environmental impact of these parties, but they do not have the infrastructure to dispose of such large amounts of waste, especially in locations like Koh Phangan that are far from urban centers.

Plastic straws are an unnecessary form of waste that have already forced tourist destinations like Miami Beach, Sea World and the British Virgin Islands to ban them. As one of the world’s most popular beach party destinations, Thailand needs to do the same.

Thailand’s Full Moon parties have gained in popularity over the years and will most likely continue to do so. That means this senseless waste will continue to pollute the once pristine beaches and oceans in the area. By signing this petition, you are urging Thailand to ban the use of plastic straws at their parties.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Government of Thailand,

Each month, tourists and locals flock to Thailand’s tropical islands to attend their Full Moon parties. Although the parties bring in revenue for the country, they are also responsible for the increasing degradation of Thailand’s coastal regions.

Plastic straws are an unnecessary form of non-biodegradable waste and, because of their small size, they are usually not picked up by beach cleanup crews. This means that much of the waste ends up washed out to sea, further degrading your pristine oceans. Many coastal tourist destinations around the world have recently banned plastic straws from beachside bars and hotels for this reason.

Disposing of waste from the islands is difficult enough due to their distance from urban centers. Why not lighten the load by reducing the amount of waste collected at Full Moon parties? Banning plastic straws would ease the burden of garbage disposal as well as reduce the amount of plastic waste being carried out to sea. We urge you to help preserve Thailand’s coasts and oceans by banning plastic straws from Full Moon parties.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. I went to Koh Phangan a few years ago and didn’t attend the Full Moon party. But the next morning, I went to the beach where it was held and I was appalled. Not only was the water some strange orange color from body paint, but the beach was completely strewn with plastic straws. Not coincidentally, the coral reefs were in a state of decay. When are we going to wake up and realize that money is NOT more important than protecting the environment?

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