Sustainable recycling of containers and packaging

We will continue to reduce the weight of containers and packaging, use recycled materials and biomass, and develop new containers and services.

  • Background to Initiatives While containers and packaging are essential to protect the quality of products for delivery to our customers, it is also true that used containers and packaging account for a high percentage of household waste. To address this issue, the entire industry has promoted 3R (reduce, re-use, recycle) and achieved a high recycling rate. However, it cannot be said that all materials are recycled. In response to problems related to deforestation and human rights, we soon began promoting sustainable paper use. By the end of 2020, we had achieved 100% use of FSC-certified paper for all paper containers in the Japan alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages businesses. In recent years, however, we have also begun looking seriously at the issue of plastics. Australia has also started a Container Deposit Scheme. Against this backdrop, the Kirin Group will accelerate its efforts to create a society that circulates containers and packaging, including plastics, in a sustainable manner. We will create together A society that circulates containers and packaging in a sustainable way Develop and disseminate sustainable containers and packaging  Build a resource circulation system to make containers and packaging sustainable

Points

  • Achieved 100% use of FSC-certified paper for all paper containers in the Japan alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages businesses.
  • Expanded use of “R100 PET bottles” made from 100% recycled PET resin to cover Kirin Nama-cha and Kirin Nama-cha Hoji Sencha. Also began selling no label products.
  • With the aim of creating a “society that continuously circulates PET bottles,” we have begun technical studies on PET recycling using chemical recycling in a joint project with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. As part of our aim to create a resource circulation system, we began trialing the collection of used PET bottles at convenience stores.
  • Joined the “Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW),” an industry-funded NGO.

Material mix of containers and packaging in 2020, by weight

  • Material mix of containers and packaging in 2020, by weight

Progress

  • Progress

Overview of initiatives

  • Overview of initiatives

Initiatives