Volvo will remove single-use plastics from all its offices, cafeterias and events across the globe by the end of 2019.
The decision reflects the company’s active support of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, and underlines its ambition to minimize its global environmental footprint.
The premium carmaker will replace over 20 million single-use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood.
This equates to the removal of over 500 plastic items per employee per year.
The switch will be implemented incrementally. By the end of 2018, single-use plastics will be removed from global events such as car launches, as well as from all offices and restaurants in Volvo Cars facilities in China, Belgium, the United States, Sweden and Malaysia.
During 2019, all national sales companies (NSCs) will eradicate single-use plastics from their operations, including local events.
Volvo estimates that the 2018 rollout alone will result in the replacement of more than 140 tonnes of single-use plastic items with plastic-free alternatives.
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