Bangsaen Beach, which is located in Saensuk Municipality of Chonburi Province, is one of Thailand’s tourist destinations threatened by trash every year after monsoon season. A large amount of marine debris gets washed ashore on Bangsaen beach. In addition, the recent statistics show that around 2.7 million tourists visit Bangsaen annually, or approximately over 7,400 people a day. It is estimated that eight pieces of single-use plastic are being used by each visitor, making it challenging for the municipality staff to collect trash thoroughly.
Kritamait Vithayaruksun, Public Affairs Manager of Grab Thailand commented, “As a socially responsible corporate citizen, this beach cleaning initiative is a part of our ‘Grab for Good’ commitment to drive environmental sustainability in Thailand. We are happy that our driver-partners find meaning in joining Grab to save the environment and marine life. Sustainability has always been embedded in Grab’s business model. Besides introducing green mobility services such as electric Tuk Tuk in Chiang Mai, we are also encouraging the reduction of single use plastic for our GrabFood service. For instance, we have integrated an in-app feature for customers to choose whether they need plastic cutlery, and also partnered with various like-minded green advocates to encourage merchant-partners to use eco-friendly paper bags instead of single-use plastic bags.”