Hong Kong supermarkets explore plastic-free solutions at local forum

Several parties - including Raphaël De Ry, founder of local plastic-free store, Edgar - have voiced doubts over whether some of Hong Kong’s biggest supermarket chains would be entirely open to adopting new ways of cutting waste packaging from their businesses.

At Monday's forum hosted by Greenpeace and the University of Hong Kong, linking local supermarket representatives with non-plastic businesses, Raphaël De Ry said divorcing the city’s reliance on plastic faced major obstacles: “The [supermarkets] seem open to listening but don’t seem very open to changing their supply chain, though some seem more open than others,” said De Ry, when asked about the reaction from local supermarkets.

“The problem is there is no carrot and no stick.” Most supermarkets will follow regulations but if there are none, it is business as usual, he said.

At the forum, representatives from three Hong Kong supermarket chains – Wellcome, ParknShop and Yata – met Didier Onraita, 50, co-founder of French non-plastic retailer Day By Day, which sells dry foods like rice, pasta and beans, as well as shampoos, soaps and detergents in-store not packaged and in bulk.

Source: scmp.com

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