Sustainable recycling of containers and packagingOverview

Background to initiatives

Containers and packaging are essential to protect the quality of products for delivery to our customers. To address the issues caused by containers and packaging, the entire industry has promoted 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) and achieved a high recycling rate. With regard to paper containers, in order to solve problems related to human rights and the destruction of forests that provide raw materials, 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 response to issues related to plastics, we also aim to solve issues specific to countries where we operate our businesses and create a “society that continuously circulates plastics” from a global perspective.

  • We will create together, A society that circulates containers and packaging in a sustainable way, sustainable Develop and disseminate sustainable containers and packaging, Build a resource circulation system to make containers and packaging sustainable

Points

  • Expanded use of “R100 PET bottles” made from 100% recycled PET resin to cover Kirin Nama-cha, Kirin Nama-cha Hoji Sencha, Kirin Nama-cha Life Plus Immune System Assist, and Kirin Nama-cha Caffeine Zero.
  • 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 expanded our trial of the collection of used PET bottles to drugstores in addition to convenience stores.
  • Maintained our achievement of the 100% use of FSC-certified paper for all paper containers in the Japan Alcohol and Non-alcoholic Beverages Businesses.
  • Joined the “Alliance To End Plastic Waste (AEPW),” an industry-led NGO.

Overview of initiatives

  • Figure: Overview of initiatives

Material mix of containers and packaging in 2021, by weight

  • Figure: Material mix of containers and packaging in 2021, by weight

Progress

  • Figure: Progress

*All of the above information is as of the end of June 2022.

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