Fast Retailing to Stop Using Plastic Bags

Economy

Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fast Retailing Co. <9983>, the operator of Uniqlo and GU clothing stores, said Wednesday that it will stop using plastic shopping bags at its outlets across the world.

Starting September, Fast Retailing will shift to paper bags, made of recycled materials, in stages at all of its some 3,500 outlets in 22 countries and regions.

The company will also charge 10 yen per paper bag at all Uniqlo and GU outlets in Japan starting January 2020, in an effort to reduce paper bag consumption.

Fast Retailing will also stop the use of plastic packaging, starting with some autumn and winter clothing products this year, and consider shifting to alternative packaging materials.

The company plans to reduce the amount of plastics provided to customers, through items such as shopping bags and packaging, by some 7,800 tons, or 85 pct of the current amount, by the end of 2020.

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