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Volvo cars is looking at cleaning house, removing single-use plastics from all offices, cafeterias, and events.
The company says that the decision is part of its support of the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, an effort to reduce plastics in the oceans and to help minimize the automaker’s global footprint.
The move will replace more than 20 million single-use plastic bits like cups, food containers, and cutlery. Instead of plastic, Volvo will use biodegradable alternatives made from paper, pulp, or wood.
“Plastics pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability at Volvo Cars. “We take our responsibility seriously. We must play our part in helping tackle this global problem.”
The switch will start this year, and the company will remove single-use plastics from global events like car launches as well as all office and restaurants in facilities in China, Belgium, the US, Sweden and Malaysia. All Volvo national companies are set to accomplish the same by the end of next year. The 2018 rollout is expected to save more than 130 tonnes of plastic, and more than 500 plastic items per employee per year.