Gebr. Heinemann has launched a pilot project on environmental protection. Since 1 January, it has been providing disposable bags at all 14 Heinemann Duty Free locations in Germany and Austria, priced at 30 cents. The proceeds are donated to the international marine conservation organisation OceanCare. As a more environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags, passengers can purchase reusable bags with 50% recycled material for €2, which are also suitable as beach bags.
“As a family business, it is in our DNA to think in terms of generations – and thus sustainability,” says Gunnar Heinemann, co-owner of Gebr. Heinemann. “We are happy to get involved where possible. In our shops, we have the chance to draw the attention of customers from all over the world, as well as our employees, to the topic of plastic pollution. We hope that this initiative will greatly reduce the amount of used disposable bags.”
OceanCare and Gebr. Heinemann are cooperating with the common goals to promote the conscious handling of resources and reduce the consumption of plastic bags in duty free shops.
“For us, it was very important to establish a direct connection with environmental protection and also to communicate this to our customers,” explains Jens Wolf, Director Retail Sales at Gebr. Heinemann and head of the initiative. “Together with OceanCare, we can expand our commitment and therefore decided to support their projects to reduce plastic waste in the oceans, eliminate plastic waste, and save animals that are endangered by plastic waste regardless of the number of plastic bags sold.”
Sigrid Lüber, President and founder of OceanCare, adds: “In light of massive littering of the world’s oceans, the joint commitment to a significant reduction of plastic consumption is the order of the last minute. We are delighted that Gebr. Heinemann is taking this initiative, raising awareness among consumers and supporting the company’s activities against plastic pollution of the seas so much.”
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