H&M Japan to Abolish Plastic Shopping Bags

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--H&M Hennes & Mauritz Japan K.K., which operates 88 H&M casual clothing stores in the country, said Tuesday that it will abolish plastic shopping bags in December.

The company plans to sell paper bags for 20 yen apiece instead, aiming to encourage customers to bring in their own bags.

Lucas Seifert, chief executive officer of Tokyo-based H&M Hennes & Mauritz Japan, told a news conference in the Japanese capital that just switching from plastic to paper bags is not enough in terms of sustainability.

The most important thing is to eliminate the consumption of shopping bags, he said, adding that the company has a goal of halving the amount of shopping bags to be used in 2019 from that used in 2018.

The company plans to donate some of the profits from its sales of paper bags to World Wide Fund for Nature Japan.

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