・In addition to our general merchandise
stores (GMS) and supermarkets (SM) that have stopped offering free-of-charge
shopping bags at cash registers since 2007, My Basket supermarkets located in
urban areas, Welcia drugstores, and Ministop convenience stores also ceased to
distribute free plastic bags.
have stopped the distribution of all free bags, including plastic and paper
bags, at our directly operated stores within our GMS Aeon stores. For customers
in need of shopping bags, disposable bags containing biomass material are made
available for purchase. We will sequentially replace the materials used for these
bags with FSC-certified paper and other environmentally friendly materials.
is becoming an increasingly serious global issue in the recent years, such as generating
GHG when incinerated as waste and polluting the environment by being disposed
in rivers and other places.
to the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on Single-use Plastics released
in June 2018, Japanese generate 32 kilograms of plastic packaging waste, being
the second largest generator on a per-capita basis following the USA.
to the introduction of mandatory fees on plastic shopping bags in July 2020,
Aeon will promote the reduction of disposable plastic which is the object of
the plan, by ceasing to offer customers free-of-charge plastic bags at store
cash registers bags without exceptions.
will undertake initiatives together with customers to establish a
(Graph: UNEP Report on Single-use Plastics
Use of proceeds from the
sales of plastic bags
from the sales of plastic bags* are donated to local municipalities and other
organizations for use in greening, maintenance/cleaning of landscaped areas,
and other environmental preservation activities in the area.
accumulated total of Aeon’s continued donation since 2007 amounted to
approximately 841.61 million yen as of the end of FY2019.
from the sales of plastic bags: Calculated by deducting the purchase costs from
the sales price (excluding taxes) of the bags
Example of environmental
preservation activities using the proceeds from the sales of disposable bags
Forests program, tree planting activities
Aeon’s My Bags & My
offers My Bags and My Baskets made of environmentally friendly materials. Using
their own bags and baskets repeatedly will lead to reducing plastic waste.
Bags, shopping bags
offers My Bags and reusable shopping bags made of recycled materials at
affordable prices for customers to use for everyday shopping.
bring their My Baskets and place them inside the store baskets to shop. You do
not need to repack your purchases at the cash register.
of biomass plastic.
you no longer need the basket, Aeon will refund the deposit that was paid upon
purchase of the basket.
・ My Basket aims to reduce the use of disposable
shopping bags, and is intended for use by individual customers in everyday
shopping. Aeon does not permit commercial use and use for purposes other than
personal shopping. ・ My
Basket may not be available at some stores.
History of Bring Your Own Shopping Bag Campaign
Aeon undertakes the Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
Campaign with customers since 1991. With the cooperation of many customers who
bring their own bags and decline free bags, we have reduced the number of
plastic shopping bags at stores that ceased to offer free shopping bags by more
than 80% as of FY2018.
Promotion of My Bags
view of the introduction of mandatory fees on plastic shopping bags, children
from the Aeon Cheers Club of the South Kanto District drew posters on the
themes “Reduce Disposable Bags,” “Promote My Bags,” and “Conserve the
Environment.” By drawing pictures, children had the opportunity to think about
the current issues including marine trash pollution, reduction of plastic, and
conservation of the environment.
the exhibit held at Aeon Marinpia, many posters promoting the use of My Bags
Outstanding works at Aeon
Marinpia Store exhibition
the Earth with My Bags
will you choose?
Yachiyo Midorigaoka store
Helpful My Bag
Q & A
shopping bags are used to carry your purchases from the store to your home. If
you receive them every day, soon you will have too many. Even if you use them
as a trash bag, they eventually become waste. Do you use many small plastic
bags inside a larger waste bag to take out the garbage, or have the experience
of throwing out a pile of unused plastic bags? Considering the waste issues and
excessive use of petroleum, we mustn’t overlook this problem. Moreover, we
frequently see plastic bags discarded on the streets and elsewhere. If those
bags end up in the ocean, turtles and fish may eat them by mistake and die.
even if we reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags, we cannot resolve the
waste issues and excessive use of petroleum. However, by refusing the store
shopping bags that we have been taking it for granted, you may reassess your
everyday lifestyle, which could lead to resolving various environmental issues.
Many of the environmental issues today arise out of our ways of living.
When you go shopping, bring your own bag or basket
that can substitute the plastic shopping bags. My bags can be purchased
elsewhere, or can be handmade. It is also useful to fold and bring an old
plastic shopping bag you have at home. If you are just purchasing a bottle of
soft drink, ask
the clerk to mark the purchase with store tape.