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20/06/2022 By : Priti Gadhia

JAL Participates in WWF Japan 'Plastic Circular Challenge 2025'

JAL Participates in WWF Japan 'Plastic Circular Challenge 2025'

https://press.jal.co.jp/en/release/202202/006547.html

JAL has announced its participation in the "Plastic Circular Challenge 2025" organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) Japan. Through the promotion of the 3Rs (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle) + 1 (Redesign), JAL has set a goal of eliminating all new petroleum-derived Single Use Plastics in our cabins and lounges and changing 100% of our Single Use Plastics used in airports and cargo to environmentally friendly materials by FY2025.

WWF is a global environmental conservation organization established in Switzerland in 1961. To build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, WWF is currently promoting environment projects in more than 100 countries to protect rare wildlife species, preserve natural environments such as forests and oceans, promote sustainable use of natural resources, and prevent global warming, among many other things.

In order to solve the global plastic pollution and climate change issues caused by mass production, mass consumption, and mass disposal, it is essential to rethink fundamentally the nature of society itself. The Circular Economy, which is attracting attention as a key to solving these issues, is a recycling-based socio-economic system designed to reduce the input and disposal of new resources to as close to zero as possible, and to continue to use limited resources while circulating them as long as possible, aiming for zero waste. WWF Japan, which is working to shift into a sustainable circular economy, has launched this comprehensive and ambitious "Plastic Circular Challenge 2025", and is calling on participating companies to make the following five commitments.

Five commitments proposed by WWF Japan

By 2025, manufacturers, retailers, travel hotels, restaurants, etc., that manufacture products using containers, packaging, and disposable plastics will:

  1. Stop using problematic and unnecessary materials. When switching to alternative materials, sustainability to be fully considered.

  2. Switch to reuse (including reuse of other materials) whenever possible.

  3. Design for reuse and recyclability whenever possible.

  4. Set ambitious targets for the use of recycled materials.

  5. Work with stakeholders to increase reuse and recycling rates.

The JAL Group will make efforts to reduce Single Use Plastics through collaboration with stakeholders in order to pass on this precious Earth to the next generation.

The JAL Group has been implementing various initiatives to achieve the targets set for FY2025.

  • Protective plastic bags no longer offered for check-in baggage.

  • Cargo packing vinyl sheets recycled into environment-related signage.

  • Welcome drink cups in business class are all reusable now.

  • Economy class FSC certified paper drinks cups introduced.

  • FSC certified paper straws and wooden stirrers used only.

  • 100% recycled PET water bottles custom-made for JAL.

  • Other plastic containers to be replaced with reusable versions.

For full details, please visit https://www.jal.com/en/sustainability/environment/limited-resources/

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