Topic Reading-Vol.2264-6/23/2018

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Topic Reading-Vol.2264-6/23/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/06/23 Topic Reading-Vol.2264-6/23/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Ikea bans all single-use plastic from its stores and restaurants

Do you have any idea how much plastic is produced annually? Approximately, 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and the most popular plastic product is single-use plastics, such as PET bottles, straws, cutlery, and bags. You may think most of them are recycled, but actually, only 14% of plastic is collected and less than 10% of such plastic products are recycled. Where does the rest of the plastic go? Simple. It goes around you or into the ocean. It is predicted that there will be more plastic in weight than fish in the ocean by the middle of the century. Also, single-use plastic makes up over 70% of all litter on beaches and in waters in EU. What can we do?

One of the multinational retailers, IKEA, has announced to stop using and selling single-use plastic items at its over 400 stores and in nearly 50 countries. The retailer sells modern, eco-friendly, ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories.

It might be just one step toward reducing plastic items now but could trigger other single-use plastic users, such as MacDonald’s and Starbucks, to rethink their business practices.

Enjoy reading and learn what a Swedish retailer is trying to do.

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