Foreigners in Thailand will soon be able to apply for a 10-year visa.   First proposed in November 2016 as a way to promote Thailand as a medical and wellness hub, Thaivisa understands the 10-year visa was this week formally approved by the Prime Minister.  The new Non O X visa will be available to anyone who is over 50 years of age and from one of the 14 countries listed below.  Applicants will need to have a minimum 3 million baht in a Thai bank account, or a combination of 1.8 million baht…

Source: Thailand to launch new 10-year multiple entry visa for over 50s – Thailand News – Thailand Visa Forum by Thai Visa | The Nation

Universal Biopack makes packaging that it sells to restaurants and manufacturers. But rather than plastic, it uses a mixture of bamboo and cassava, crops that are widely found across the country.After growing rapidly in recent decades, Thailand has become one of Asia’s biggest economies. But like many other countries in the region, it’s been slow to try to combat the millions of tons of trash produced each year.”Waste management is a big problem everywhere,” said Universal Biopack’s managing director, Vara-Anong Vichakyothin.

Source: This Thai company makes food packaging out of bamboo to cut down on trash – Feb. 12, 2017

Jon Jandai — Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jo is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years.

Source: Watch “TEDxDoiSuthep – Jon Jandai – Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?” Video at TEDxTalks

Thailand will restrict the number of incoming flights as they are overloading its skies and airports, Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said on Friday. The minister said the move away from the “open sky” policy was needed to ensure aviation safety. Staff were now working on the full details.”Our sky cannot provide space for more flights. To ensure safety and prevent aircraft collisions, we must limit the use of our sky, manage flight schedules and re-organise flights to times of light traffic to prevent congestion in some periods. The problem must be solved quickly,” ACM Prajin said.

Source: Thailand to end ‘open sky’ policy | Bangkok Post: news