Thailand Plastic Bags Ban – Should You Be Worried? Plus, Top 5 “Upmarket” Alternatives (Updated)

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Updated as of 24th Jan 2020.

Since late last year, there were rumors circulating about Thailand’s plastic bags ban.  As such, some Thai shoppers have resorted to baskets, buckets, and even wheelbarrows to skirt a new ban on single-use plastic bags. 

This restriction, introduced at the start of the new year, is currently supported by several major mall operators and convenience stores. The plan is to be rolled out into smaller businesses by the year 2021.

This ban was an effort to tackle the country’s crisis on plastic (especially single-use plastic bags) that is creating an escalating problem of land and sea debris.

In support of this ban, while managing our travelers’ shopping joy, DeFreesia found you a solution… Introducing #DeFreesiaShoppingBags!

This is the brain-child of the two founding partners, who spent “hours” cracking the “Plastic Bag Ban” code… Now, you must be wondering what’s so special about this shopping bag? Check this video out!

Plastic Bag Ban - DeFressia Shopping Bag

All Travelers with DeFreesia Transport Services from February 2020 will receive this FREE! Book your travel with up today and no more worrying about Thailand’s plastic bags ban!

For those who fancy more up-market non-plastics bags, these are some options curated for your review:

Non-Plastic Bags #1 – Kiddee Project

What: Kiddee Project’s designer, Vipavat Darapongsathaporn, teamed up with Nan Hospital to create an eco-friendly line of totes made from dialysis bags used for patients with kidney disease.
Aiming to reduce the amount of waste produced by hospitals, the Kiddee Project gives these medical products a fresh spin by upcycling them into urban, utilitarian-style totes. After being cleaned and sanitized, the dialysis bags are combined with polyester to create sturdy and functional bags.

More info can be found at 

Non-Plastic Bags #2 – Chaaum Studio

What: You may have noticed Bangkok city-dwellers carrying waist bags and totes that looked like recycled cement bags; here’s the fact, THEY ARE! Designers from Chaaum Studio recycled cement bags into stylish lifestyle accessories, including bum bags, tote bags, backpacks, and wallets.
The bags are functional and sturdy enough to be the perfect carry-all for your everyday essentials, while also being ideal travel companions.

More details can be found at 

Non-Plastic Bags #3 – Madmatter

What: A lifestyle brand makes minimal yet stylish totes that can easily fall in with your wardrobe staples. Transforming used fabrics and second-hand clothes collected from landfills into eye-catching patchwork designs are what made Madmatter’s totes unique.

More info can be found at

Non-Plastic Bags #4 – Vibes Totes

What: A photogenic, fuss-free tote made to carry all of your everyday items effortlessly. The bag is also a canvas for the graphic art of young Thai artists. You can choose from Canvas or Microfiber material.


  • Digital fabric printing
  • Washable material with quality texture
  • Fully lined interior with hidden interior pockets
  • Durable frame and supports heavy load

Details can be found at

Non-Plastic Bags #5 – Angkor Accessories

What: A company that is based in UK collaborated with a social enterprise in Cambodia, to recycle discarded cement sacks into wallets, purses, handbags and more. The aim of this social enterprise is to give local people in Siam Riep fair paid work without having to leave their villages, and also re-uses cement and other bags that would otherwise be thrown out.

More info can be found at

Do you know more “Upmarket” alternatives, please feel free to share with us? You can drop us an email at, and title your message header as “Upmarket Alternatives – Non-Plastic Bags“.