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Proposal for Environment-Friendly Lifestyles

Think GREEN Initiative

In April 2020, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores launched the Think GREEN initiatives with the aim of promoting the realization of a circular society as mentioned in the Eco Vision with customers.

When Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores announced that it would start charging fees for plastic bags in June, it also launched a website where various environmental activities are posted. First, as we started charging fees for plastic bags, we encourage customers to bring their own bags at all stores. We created a special web page “Let’s MY BAG,” which features reusable shopping bags recommended by each store to reduce the use of plastic bags with customers.

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.

Request for cooperation for simple packaging at a midyear / year-end gift center

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.

Shopping bags made from forest-certified paper
Plastic bags made from 30% biomass
* The Biomass Mark is a label awarded by the Japan Organics Recycling Association to environmental products that utilize biomass (biologically-derived resources) and meet the requirements including quality requirements and standards.

Promotion of Circular Economy