Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Copenhagen Airports duty free stores to charge for sigle use plastice bags

As of 2 September, single-use plastic bags at the TAX-FREE Heinemann shops at Copenhagen Airport are only available for a fee of 2 or 3 DKK (26 or 39 euro cents), respectively. 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the international marine conservation organisation OceanCare, which invests the contribution in the rescue of marine animals and environmental education, among other things. 
"Our goal is to massively reduce the consumption of plastic bags. In our shops, we have the opportunity to draw the attention of customers from all over the world to the issue of plastic pollution and to strengthen their awareness for the problem. In the best case, our customers are happy to refrain from using a disposable bag or to opt for a reusable bag with this knowledge. However, we know that customers in our TAX-FREE shops enjoy making spontaneous purchases and need additional options for carrying them. Through our cooperation with OceanCare, it will nevertheless be possible for our customers to make a contribution to global nature conservation," says Esben Keller, Managing Director Heinemann Retail Denmark.

“Here in Copenhagen Airport, we are very happy that our long-term partner is taking the initiative to something this tangible. We hope to see more like this in the future from all our partners and will do what we can to help them succeed with their ideas to make a difference for the environment,” says Chief Commercial Officer in Copenhagen Airport, Peter Krogsgaard.

“The decision of TAX-FREE Heinemann shops at Copenhagen Airport is another milestone in joint efforts reducing single used plastic waste. We applaud Gebr. Heinemann for their clear and measurable contribution to reach SDG 14.1 to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds by 2025. A goal which can only be reached if all stakeholders are making a joint effort” says Sigrid Lüber, Founder and President of OceanCare. “ We hope this decision encourages other private sector companies to follow this example”.

OceanCare is a Swiss non-profit organisation. It was founded in 1989 and has a strong commitment to realistic and cooperative initiatives. The organisation works at national and international level in the areas of marine pollution, environmental changes, fisheries, whaling, sealing, captivity of marine mammals and public education. OceanCare holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is partner of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), and the UNEP/CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). OceanCare has also been accredited as a Major Group to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which is the governing body of UNEP and is a part of the UNEP Global Partnership on Marine Litter.
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