Reducing Plastic Shopping Bag and Disposable Chopstick Use

Reducing Unnecessary Plastic Shopping Bag Use

25.8% 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 2015, the per-store use of plastic shopping bags (by weight) was 25.8% below that in fiscal 2000, and the plastic shopping bag handout rate* was 76.8%. 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, Tottori, Okayama, Shimane, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima. Cities: Kawaguchi (Saitama), Suginami (Tokyo), Musashino (Tokyo), Mizuho (Tokyo), Ogaki (Gifu), Kyoto, Izumiotsu (Osaka), Nishinomiya (Hyogo), Okayama and Fukuoka.

In-store poster promoting reduced plastic shopping bag usage
(Japan Franchise Association poster for member convenience stores)

"Bring Your Own Bag" Campaigns

Actual Cumulative Number of Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

4.34 Million Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

To help reduce the use of plastic shopping bags, Lawson has created Convenience Store Eco Bags, reusable bags that are just the right size for the boxed lunches and bottled drinks that customers buy frequently.

To encourage more customers to bring reusable shopping bags, we began distributing free reusable bags at some Lawson stores in March 2007. Later, we began sales of reusable bags at Loppi multimedia terminals and in stores. Furthermore, we invited companies that wished to lend their support to the campaign to participate by sharing the bags’ specifications, promoting the spread of the campaign outside Lawson. In the seven years since the start of the campaign, we have distributed 4.34 million reusable shopping bags* in the 8 years since we introduced the initiative.

*Includes bags other than Convenience Store Eco Bags

Figure of eco bags

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

Reusable Shopping Bags Distributed

Bags distributed at Lawson stores and by Group companies 3,631,000
Bags created by cooperating companies and organizations 706,000
Total 4,337,000

(As of the end of February 2016)

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

“Bring Your Own Chopsticks”

Since April 2007, we have been promoting a "Bring Your Own Chopsticks" campaign. A total of approximately 61,600 pairs of "Midori no Kakehashi"* reusable chopsticks made for this purpose have been sold through our Loppi multi-media terminals and cooperating companies (as of March 31, 2015).

Made from ash wood that has been deemed unsuitable for use as a material for professional baseball bats, our portable, reusable chopsticks are produced collaboratively by Mizuno Technics Corporation and Oak Village Co. Ltd.

*"Midori no Kakehashi" is a registered trademark of Oak Village Co. Ltd.

"Midori no Kakehashi"
reusable portable chopsticks
Wood deemed unsuitable for
baseball bats, to be used to
make portable chopsticks