Twice a year since 2010 the Nissui Group has been carrying out the “Cleanup Campaign,” activities to clean up the areas surrounding the Group’s domestic business locations around the country. In the advance information given prior to the cleanup , the participants learn that litter could potentially flow into the rivers and reach the ocean and that this activity is not merely a cleanup exercise but a way to prevent litter from flowing into the ocean, and are made aware of the relationship between this activity and Nissui’s business.
In the 18th Cleanup Campaign held during May and June 2019, 1,659 employees of the 111 domestic offices participated and picked up a total of 2,831 kg of rubbish.
Nissui Group companies in outside Japan are also carrying out activities to clean up the areas surrounding its business locations.
Nissui (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
Salmones Antártica S.A. (Chile)
Since 2017, Nissui, with the cooperation of the NPO, The Arakawa River Clean-aid Forum , has been learning about the river environment, experiencing biodiversity and conducting cleanup activities to pick up litter. In fiscal 2019, in addition to the seminar for new employees to get to experience the importance of the sea which started in fiscal 2018, a seminar was held in May at Arakawa for the CSR Promotion Team Members of the head office who were responsible for promoting CSR activities (One member has been assigned to each department). Additionally, in September a program for employees and family members was carried out with 20 participants. In the classroom, the participants listened to a lecture on the social issues surrounding the problem of marine plastics based on the latest data and came face-to-face with the problem in the subsequent fieldwork conducted on the riverbed. The participants were astounded at the volume of rubbish and the mounds of plastic wastein the river and thought about the tasks that could be done by each person close to home in order to solve this problem.
On July 1, 2020, throughout Japan the system whereby customers must pay for plastic shopping bags (“cash register bags”) began. This development became an opportunity for us to again think about how we use plastic. To achieve a sustainable society, it is necessary to rethink the kinds of lifestyles we should lead in the future.
In the “Nissui Group Basic Policy Regarding the Problem of Plastics,” which was enacted by the Nissui Group in February 2020, we stated that we strive to consider these issues not just at the company level, but to have all employees think about them individually and take steps to address them beginning with familiar contexts in their everyday lives. As a first step towards addressing the problem of plastics, in September 2020 we distributed eco-bags with original designs to all Nissui employees.
Even eco-bags have an impact on the environment via CO2 and other factors from the time of their production to the time of their disposal. Yet to mitigate their impact on the global environment compared to disposable plastic cash register bags, it goes without saying that it is necessary to use the eco-bags not just once but over and over again.(Note) To encourage their repeated use, we carefully studied design approaches that would maximize easy-of-use.
One of the things that we hit upon was the fact that men use eco-bags less frequently than women. When we did internal research, we found that some of the reasons behind this trend were that men were reluctant to carry them around because the designs were “flashy” or “too cutesy,” or that they were troublesome to carry around because they were too large.
To address these points, we gave the Nissui original eco-bag the following features:
In addition, the inner pocket that you use when folding it up is printed with SDG logos and the Nissui CSR slogan "Let's learn now. Let's change the future. Sustainable World".
Simple, gender-free design
Convenient compact size
When folded, it is about the size of a name card holder and can be slipped into your pocket
(Note): Around 5 to 10 times for thin polyethylene (PE) eco-bags, around 10 to 20 times for thicker polypropylene eco-bags, and around 50 to 150 times with cotton bags. Source: “Single-use plastic bags and their alternatives: Recommendations from life cycle assessments,” UN Environment Programme.
In 2018, Nissui, as part of its efforts to combat food loss, made and distributed My Boxes (personal food containers made of LIMEX) to its employees. LIMEX is a new material made mainly of lime stone to replace paper and plastics. My Boxes can be used as a doggy bag to take home food left over from dining out or as an alternative to the disposable plastic containers used by food stalls and other venues. The message, “IMA JIBUNGA DEKIRUKOTO (What I can do now)” is printed on the top of the box, while the bottom shows the related SDGs and the message, “We will act responsibly and finish our food, considering there are people who do not have enough to eat ” and “This is a challenge that will lead to bountiful seas.”