AEON Vietnam says “no” to single-use plastic

AEON Vietnam says “no” to single-use plastic
The food bags at AEON supermarkets are biodegradable

The giant retailer AEON Vietnam has set itself a goal of reducing 30 percent of single-use, biodegradable bags at its supermarkets and department stores this year.

In September 2019, the Japanese group launched a plastic waste reduction program, with the participation of more than 2,500 employees and managers. The program was subsequently expanded to customers and supply partners. AEON Vietnam also announced a step-by-step roadmap to replace disposable plastic products with eco-friendly products.

By the end of 2019, the company had put into use fully biodegradable bags derived from environmentally friendly cornstarch at the AEON Ha Dong Supermarket and Department Store in Hanoi. The new bags replaced the 50-percent biodegradable plastic bags that had been in use, and this year the company will introduce the new bags in its Vietnamese stores nationwide.

Initially, stores will focus on minimizing the pervasive use of plastic bags by encouraging customers to use their own reusable shopping bags. It is designed to reflect the responsibility of distributors and consumers to the environment and community.

In addition, AEON cafes and Delica buffet food courts in AEON supermarkets are putting into gradual use paper straws and cups to replace disposable plastic cups. Biodegradable bags used to store fresh food are also provided free of charge to customers. Many products such as eggs are now packaged in bamboo baskets instead of disposable plastic trays as before.

AEON Vietnam will gradually replace all its plastic cups, packaging and products with paper cups and environmentally friendly products, and its disposable plastic bowls with bagasse bowls at food courts. The project also includes 20,000 environmentally friendly bags given to consumers to replace disposable plastic ones.

Internally, AEON has also donated more than 3,000 such bags to all employees working at main offices and systems across the country. The company is also displaying posters and billboards with vivid, catchy slogans to get out the message about reducing plastic waste.

As part of AEON Vietnam’s commitment to reduce 30 percent of biodegradable plastic bags, the company plans to charge for plastic bags in its nationwide distribution system.

Eco-friendly products completely decompose within 6-12 months into CO2, water and organic humus, unlike plastics that create dangerous agents when it decomposes and enters the water and food chain of humans and animals.

AEON Vietnam and its partners have organized various programs to protect the environment, with activities such as

storing used batteries in special bins. In addition, it classifies garbage and places separate garbage bins with eye-

catching designs for public use to improve the efficiency of handling and recycling waste starting at the collection

stage.

Thu Huong

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