Japanese Food Companies Seek to Reduce Plastic Waste

Economy

Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese companies, especially those in the food industry, are moving to reduce, recycle or phase out plastics from their products, in a bid to curb polluting waste.

Beverage maker Suntory Holdings Ltd. plans to produce all of its plastic bottles using plant-based resins and recycled plastic by 2030, while Kirin Beverage Co. will begin introducing bottles made purely from recycled plastic for some of its products from mid-June.

In 2018, Asahi Soft Drinks Co. started selling bottles of water and tea without plastic labels mainly for items sold online and delivered to customers. Ito En Ltd. <2593> began using bottles that weighed about 30 pct less than the predecessor for its 2-liter roasted barley tea brand in February this year.

In the retail sector, Seven & i Holdings Co. <3382> announced that its convenience store arm will cease using plastic bags by 2030. Competitor FamilyMart Co. has been using plant-based biodegradable resin for the plastic containers of some of its products, such as salad, since April 2007.

Restaurant chains are also seeking to cut back on plastic use. Skylark Holdings Co.'s <3197> restaurant franchise Gusto and Japanese food chain operator Ootoya Holdings Co. <2705> have stopped providing plastic straws, with the latter also replacing plastic stirring sticks with ones made of wood.

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