SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers are introducing a string of eco-friendly products, including bottled water with no labels, and plastic cup coffee without a straw.
On Tuesday discount store chain Lotte Mart released two types of its own private-label brand (PB) bottled water that have no label on the bottle – a pack of six 2-liter bottles and a pack of twenty 500-milliliter bottles.
The no-label bottles eliminate the need for consumers to remove the labels prior to recycling, while contributing to reducing the amount of waste generated.
Lotte Mart plans to change all of its private-label water bottles to no-label models within the first half of this year.
The company expects this initiative to contribute to reducing the amount of plastic waste generated by 21,800 kilograms per year.
Local convenience store chain CU said on Monday that the company’s PB water products will also make the switch to transparent plastic bottles without labels.
Starting with 500-milliliter bottled water from next month, CU plans to introduce no-label transparent plastic bottles for its for 1-liter and 2-liter products within the first quarter of this year.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven released a plastic cup coffee without straw for the first time among the convenience store chains.
Unlike existing plastic cup coffees that have plastic straws, the 7-Eleven plastic cup coffee will use a special cap that allows users to drink it without a straw.
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