Reducing Plastic Shopping Bag and Disposable Chopstick Use

Reducing Unnecessary Plastic Shopping Bag Use

27.2% Reduction in Per-Store Plastic Shopping Bag Use by Weight since Fiscal 2000

We work to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags in our stores by having staff ask customers whether they need a bag, using in-store broadcasting, putting up posters, and handing out reusable “Bring Your Own” bags.

Participating in local municipalities’ campaigns to reduce plastic shopping bag use, our efforts include handing out stickers that promote reduced use and encouraging the use of appropriately-sized bags when plastic shopping bags are used.

In fiscal 2018, the per-store use of plastic shopping bags (by weight) was 27.2% below that in fiscal 2000, and the plastic shopping bag handout rate* was 78.5%. We will continue to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags by, for example, proactively participating in local municipalities’ campaigns to reduce plastic shopping bag use.

* Plastic shopping bag handout rate = Number of bags purchased by stores ÷ Number of customers

Plastic Shopping Bags Used Per Store

Local governments implementing campaigns to reduce plastic shopping bag use:
Prefectures: Fukushima, Gunma, Tochigi, Yamanashi, Toyama, Okayama, Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki and Kagoshima.
Cities: Obihiro (Hokkaido), Sendai (Miyagi), Edogawa (Tokyo), Suginami (Tokyo), Musashino (Tokyo), Tachikawa (Tokyo), Kyoto (Kyoto).

A plastic shopping bag reduction campaign poster posted in the stores
(Japan Franchise Association poster for member convenience stores)

"Bring Your Own Bag" Campaigns

Actual Cumulative Number of Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

4.44 Million Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

Lawson makes Convenience Store Eco Bags to help reduce the use of plastic shopping bags. These reusable shopping bags are just the right size for the boxed meals and bottled drinks that customers buy frequently. In March 2007, we started handing out these bags in some LAWSON stores to promote our Bring Your Own Bag campaign. Later, we started selling the bags through Loppi multimedia information terminals.

We also promote penetration of the bags outside the company by releasing the bags’ specifications and inviting other companies to collaborate.

We have distributed 4.44 million reusable shopping bags* in the 12 years since we introduced the initiative.

* Including reusable shopping bags other than our Convenience Store Eco Bags

Figure of eco bags

Convenience Store Eco Bags are the perfect size for a boxed meals and bottled drink

Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

Bags distributed at LAWSON stores and by Group companies 3,732,000
Bags created by cooperating companies and organizations 711,000
Total 4,443,000

(As of the end of February 2019)

Reducing Unnecessary Disposable Chopstick Use

Working With Customers to Reduce Disposable Chopstick Use

LAWSON store crews ask customers whether they would like disposable chopsticks at checkout to avoid unnecessary distribution. We also use in-store announcements to ask for customer cooperation in saving both plastic shopping bags and disposable chopsticks.

We believe direct communication with our customers is the most effective way to reduce waste and will continue these efforts going forward.

The Number of Disposable Chopsticks Used per Store

The Number of Disposable Chopsticks Used per Store
Actual Use of Disposable Chopsticks per Store