Zero-waste market in Phatthalung, Thailand is leading the way for sustainable markets


A market in the Phatthalung province in Thailand, known as the “Talat Pa Phai Sang Suk market” (Bamboo Forest for Happiness Market) has gained prominence among villagers and tourists for its zero-waste scheme.

The market does not make use of any plastic containers. Food and beverages are packaged in natural materials, such as banana leaves, lotus leaves, coconut shells and more.

The market also practices rubbish sorting. It provides separate bins for different types of waste, such as food, paper, plastic and aluminium. Moreover, the discarded food containers from natural resources are converted into organic fertilisers.