Retailers in Japan are stepping up their efforts to reduce single use plastics before a new regulation encouraging plastic recycling takes effect in April.
Convenience stores will be required to minimize the number of single-use plastic goods supplied for free, such as forks and spoons, under the rule. Some retailers will move to goods made of different materials, while others will stop giving out such items.
Meanwhile, the paper sector, which provides alternatives to plastic products, sees the law’s enforcement as an economic opportunity.
Lawson Inc. will roll out disposable forks and spoons in stages beginning in April, using less plastic since they are smaller and contain holes.

Plastic forks and other silverware items, 30 percent of which are produced from plant-based resources, will also be introduced by Seven-Eleven Japan Co.

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