Proposal for Environment-Friendly Lifestyles
The main focus of the environmental activities of the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya stores is on making proposals to make customers’ lives “ecological” and “ethical” in an effort to contribute to building a sustainable society. In the Environment Months in June and October, these stores offer environment-conscious products and make various lifestyle proposals that help reduce environmental load.
Provision of Good Products and High Quality Products
Using high quality products for a long time forms the basis of environment-friendly lifestyles. The Matsuzakaya Nagoya store organized a store-wide fair “Japanese Good Products” focused on artisanship which shows Japanese aesthetics. Through limited-time shops and demonstrations by artisans, we showed excellence in Japanese manufacturing, and on each floor, we offered “good products” to which users become more attached with longer use.
Promotion of Smart Wrapping
At the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya stores, workers are repeatedly trained based on a smart wrapping manual to promote economical and appropriate packaging. At checkout counters, salespersons ask for shoppers’ cooperation for simple packaging such as packing their purchases with their baggage in one bag. We also develop and sell beautifully designed and high value added “eco bags” to propose department store worthy shopping styles.
Switch to Green Packaging Materials
Packaging materials used in Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores are being replaced with packaging materials made from eco-friendly paper beginning in September 2019. Specifically, we are making the switch to shopping bags made from paper sourced from the forests that are managed in an eco-friendly way.
Plastic bags for food products, which attract attention concerning ocean plastic waste, are also being replaced with bags made from 30% biomass (plant-based resources). As a result, we will be able to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 24% per piece compared to previous bags.
For refrigerated delivery, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores uses packaging materials made of Stone-Sheet, which contributes to preventing global warming and can be used as a neutralizer that prevents dioxin from being produced. By using domestic calcium carbonate, Stone-Sheet can be made into containers and packaging materials. When burned, it emits 55% less CO2 compared to polyethylene on a life cycle assessment (LCA) basis.
* 282,450 Stone-Sheets (full size paper equivalent) were used in fiscal year 2018.
Use of Eco-Friendly Wrapping Materials
For refrigerated delivery, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores uses wrapping materials made of Stone-Sheet, which contributes to preventing global warming, can be used as a neutralizer that prevents dioxin from being produced, and emits little CO2 when burned. In fiscal year 2017, we used 294,283 pieces of wrapping materials made of Stone-Sheet throughout the company.
Stone-Sheet, which received the Encouragement Prize at the 11th LCA Society of Japan Awards, reduces CO2 emissions when burned. In addition, as domestic calcium carbonate is used, it can be used as containers and wrapping materials. It is suitable for refrigerated delivery because it is highly proof against water and mildew, antibacterial and resistant to refrigeration and freezing. When burned, it emits 55% less CO2 compared to polyethylene on an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) basis.