Uniqlo, Japanese clothing retailers, announced that it will now be using paper shopping bags instead of the plastic bags from this September. With this, the company is joining the worldwide initiative to tackle one of the most important environmental issues.
Under this initiative, Uniqlo targets to cut down the plastic usage in its shopping bags and packaging material by 85 per cent, or around 7,800 tons annually by 2020. These paper bags will be made of eco-friendly material and recycled papers.
Starting September 1 all its stores will be using the paper shopping bags and the stores in the market that are already using paper bags will switch to eco-friendly paper bags. Shoppers, shopping at Uniqlo and GU stores overseas, such as those in Europe, North America and South Korea will be charged for these bags in September or later. Moreover, in Japan, customers will have to pay 10 yen ($0.09) including the tax per bag from Jan 14.
The company also informed that it will stop using plastic packaging for a few of its items for this fall and winter, including the room slippers. It is also launching studies and researches specific to ways for eliminating packaging for products such as Uniqlo’s HeatTech fabric clothing.
"Environmental pollution from plastic waste is a growing concern worldwide, and Fast Retailing is taking action to reduce unnecessary single-use plastic from its operations," the company said.
Fast Retailing operates more than 3,500 stores around the world, including about 2,100 Uniqlo shops as of the end of February.
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