Plastics are light and durable materials that makes our lives more convenient, yet they are also associated with such societal issues as the problems of waste, marine plastics, and global warming.
As part of its initiatives to address the problems associated with plastics, the Nissui Group is rigorously promoting the management of plastic fishing equipment used in its fisheries and aquaculture business. For plastics used in plants of production and plastic containers and packaging for food products, we are concurrently promoting 3R+R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, plus Renewable) activities and studying the use of alternative materials. In addition, we are committed to tackling this issue not just as a company, but through the actions of every employee. We clean up public areas around our offices as well as beaches and rivers with a shared sense of purpose, specifically:
Nissui Group’s fundamental approach regarding the problems of marine plastics and the use of plastics was deliberated, and a policy was established.
We will work alongside other stakeholders to combat the problem of marine plastics as well as other global environmental issues, and to preservethe bountiful sea
Regarding plastic fishing equipment used in the fisheries and aquaculture businesses, we will prevent them from becoming microplastics and ghost gear (Note) by the use of alternative materials and assiduous management of the use of plastics
We will work to reduce plastic waste from our production plants and promote recycling
We will work to reduce the impact on the environment from our food containers and packaging, making use of plastic’s quality retention ability and other capabilities
Through participation in cleanup campaigns, employees will work to reduce plastic waste in the community, river, and sea, and preserve the marine environment
(Note)Ghost gear: Fishing equipment that is lost or abandoned and remains in the marine environment
Enactment Date： February 21, 2020
In February 2019, the Marine Environment and Plastics Subcommittee was established, due to concerns over the impact of marine plastics on Nissui’s businesses, against the backdrop of social issues including the progression of serious marine pollution on a global scale caused by marine plastics among others, the concerns for the impact of marine plastics on the marine ecosystem and human beings, and the failure of recycling to function as a result of the reduction in the effective utilization of waste plastic. The two working groups (the Marine Environment WG and the Plastics WG) are, respectively, promoting activities, with Executive Officers appointed as Chairmen of the working groups and General Managers and section chiefs of relevant divisions appointed as members.
The Marine Environment Working Group is promoting zero emission of plastics in the marine environment.
The Plastics Working Group is promoting the 3R + R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle + Renewable) of plastic resources.