Japanese airports to replace plastic shopping bags

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Kansai Airport Group’s three airports are to replace plastic shopping bags with eco-friendly bags from April 2020.

From April 2020, Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport and Kobe Airport will replace the plastic shopping bags currently used in the duty-free and other retail shops directly managed by KAP Group with environmentally friendly paper bags and bio-based bags. The paper bags will be made from FSC-certified materials. Reusable shopping bags will also be distributed to all KAP Group staff members.

The move is part of a five-year initiative, the ‘One Eco Airport Plan’, which the group launched in April 2018. It has four key principles: response to climate change; resource usage; harmonious coexistence; and environmental management.

KAP Group also aims to adopt renewable energy and is to introduce zero-emission vehicles to its airports. Other initiatives include minimizing food waste and encouraging airport tenants to be more eco-friendly.

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