S. KOREA SUPERMARKET GIANT TO HALVE ITS SINGLE-USE-PLASTIC PACKAGING BY 2025
Lotte Mart, one of the largest supermarket chains in South Korea, announced its plan to cut its single-use plastic usage by 50% by 2025, making it the first supermarket chain in Asia to make such a commitment. This announcement comes as a part of Lotte Mart’s ambitious plan that also aims to implement new eco-friendly packaging guidelines for its private brands and roll out new measures to achieve its goal of ‘zero plastic bags’.
“Lotte Mart’s announcement to cut down on plastic usage is a significant step forward. Other retailers in Korea should follow suit and use Lotte’s plan as an example to disclose their plastic reduction targets. Also, Lotte Mart also has dozens of stores in Vietnam and Indonesia, and should apply the same ambitious plastic reduction targets across their global operations,” said Yiseo Kim, Greenpeace Seoul Plastics Campaigner.
Greenpeace Seoul welcomes Lotte Mart’s announcement which is a great step forward in tackling the plastic pollution crisis. Since 2019, Greenpeace Seoul has urged supermarket giants in South Korea, including Lotte Mart, to reduce their use of single-use plastics across the country.
In 2019, Lotte Mart scored the lowest among companies ranked in Greenpeace Seoul’s supermarket survey with four Fs, revealing the South Korean retailer’s lack of effort to reduce its plastic footprint. In April, Greenpeace Seoul installed a large five-meter-tall trolley in front of Lotte Mart stores, calling for the elimination of unnecessary plastic packaging and an immediate plan for plastic reduction.
Over the past few years, Greenpeace has campaigned in the US, the UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to demand supermarkets to reduce unnecessary plastic packaging. As a result, in 2018, Sainsbury’s declared a 50% reduction in plastic packaging by 2025 in the UK, and in 2019, the US supermarket Giant Eagle announced that it will eliminate single-use plastics by 2025. Since there has been no such commitment in Asia so far, Lotte Mart’s commitment is particularly noteworthy.
“This is a major milestone in the global campaign for a plastic-free future, and other supermarkets beyond Korea and Asia must follow Lotte Mart’s lead. We look forward to more details on Lotte Mart’s plastic reduction plan and urge the company to prioritize package-free and reusable systems,” said Kim.
As detailed action plans were not presented during this announcement, Greenpeace Seoul calls for an effective implementation system to be established by Lotte Mart in the near future to carry out its commitments.