In 2019, Uniqlo vowed to eliminate the use of unnecessary plastic and set an ambitious target to reduce by 85%, of single-use plastic that is passed to customers such as shopping bags and product packaging across its stores by the end of 2020.
To combat this, the retailer introduced a 5 pence paper charge at its stores in the U.K, with last proceeds going to charity: water, a non-profit organization that provides drinking water to developing countries.
Commemorating its one year anniversary with charity: water, the label has announced that more than 10,000 people will benefit from access to clean and drinkable water in India, Cambodia, Malawi and Madagascar.
“As part of our global efforts to contribute to a better world, we are pleased to confirm that our partnership with charity: water is making a positive difference to so many people by giving them access to clean and drinkable water. This is thanks to our customers who have accepted our new approach of charging for the paper shopping bag made of recyclable paper,” explains Jean Shein, Global Director, Sustainability, Fast Retailing.
“The UNIQLO and charity: water partnership is funding four different clean water solutions, each appropriate and sustainable for the local environment and communities rainwater harvesting tankas in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India; bio-sand filters in homes and schools in Cambodia; large-scale, solar-powered piped systems in Madagascar and drilled wells with handpumps in the Dowa District in the central region of Malawi. Each of these will have a long-lasting impact leading not only to better health, but to education and women’s empowerment.”