BAT's Sustainable Initiatives in Korea's Convenience Stores

BAT's Sustainable Initiatives in Korea's Convenience Stores
BAT Seoul installs Glo device recycling bins in 50 convenience stores across Korea, with plans to increase. BAT prioritises sustainability from production to recycling.

At the end of last year, the Seoul office of BAT announced that it had installed recycling bins for Glo tobacco heating devices in 50 convenience stores across various Korean cities, with plans to expand further this year.

Glo users can now return their old Glo devices at 7-Eleven, CU or GS25 convenience stores and receive a 2,000 KRW discount coupon for the latest version of the Glo series, Glo Pro Slim, from BAT.

Apart from recycling initiatives, BAT is also making efforts to achieve environmental goals throughout the entire lifecycle of its products, from production to packaging to final recycling. For instance, its tobacco production plant in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, covers 16,000 square meters and is partially powered by solar panels. The company has also implemented water-saving strategies in all of its production facilities.

In fact, BAT has been striving to obtain the International Water Management Alliance certification, which is the global standard for companies committed to ensuring sustainable water use. In terms of packaging, since 2021, BAT has reduced the size of its Glo packaging by 30% and replaced plastic in the packaging with environmentally friendly alternatives.

Other tobacco companies are also committed to improving sustainability. Philip Morris International has been making efforts to reduce the use of plastic materials, such as the tape and cushioning packaging used in IQOS packaging. Japan's JTI has been introducing green energy into its production and logistics facilities while also working to reduce its water usage.

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