It’s been almost two months since we arrived in the cold Norway! Now the sun is starting to appear more often and all the snow is melting fast.
Together with the warmer weather, a lot of sustainable news and initiatives starting to popup in the news here in Norway. Here we separated some that caught our attention. Great job Norway!
Hurtigruten is a very famous Norwegian cruise, ferry and cargo operator, founded in 1893. This week, the company announced that from the 2nd of July, all plastic straws, swizzle sticks, plastic bags, plastic aprons and disposable plastic packages will no longer be used in their ships. The goal is to become the world’s first plastic-free shipping company!
Just to have an idea, 960 000 plastic straws, 826 000 packs of single used butter packages and 390 000 plastic cups are used every year aboard their ships.
Link: Nå blir det kun metallsugerør på Hurtigruten (In Norwegian)
Nearly 400 tons of plastic are removed from fruit and green packing!
This year, the fruit and vegetable departments of the largest chains will remove about 400 tons of plastic packaging.
The KIWI chain with over 650 stores and over 35 billion in total sales will reduce plastic usage – the chain has estimated it consumed a thousand tons of plastic in packaging for fruit and vegetables last year. In total, they will remove 200 tons of plastic from the fruit and vegetable department by the end of 2020.
BAMA, the country’s major fruit and vegetable wholesaler is also planning some changes this year. Just by removing the plastic bowl from avocados and replacing it with a bowl of cardboard, 120 tons of plastic per year will be not used by BAMA’s customers.
COOP, another big supermarket chain, said that paper bags will now be available as an alternative to plastic bags in all stores.
Link: Nærmere 400 tonn plast fjernes fra frukt og grønt-diskene (In Norwegian)
Municipalities in Norway against food waste!
Some municipalities in Norway, together with Framtiden, got involved in a new project named MatVinn, aimed at promoting a sustainable food culture in Norway. The idea is to educate citizens about food and how they can take better choices, avoiding food waste.
According to Elisabeth Riise Jenssen, “Every Norwegian throws an average of 42.1 kg of good food per year, which corresponds to one of every eighth shopping bag we buy”.
In Kristiansand for example, 20 households have participated in the project and, on average, they have reduced food waste by 12 kilograms a week! The municipality has also set itself the goal of becoming the best in Norway on food reduction.
Link: Går sammen med kommunene for å kutte matkasting (In Norwegian)
Starbucks in Norway offering discount on reusable cups!
The famous coffee shop company, Starbucks, also is doing some campaigns in Norway towards a more sustainable future. In the image for example, a discount is offered for the customers who choose a reusable cup!
The numbers of disposable cups used in coffee shops annually in Norway are still unknown. However, in the UK, 2.5 billion disposable cups are used each year, or 38 cups per capita per year!!!
And while many believe that a cardboard can be recycled as a paper waste, that is not true. The cups have a thin plastic coating on the inside.
Link: Vil ha pant på kaffekoppene (In Norwegian)
Great job Norway! We are thrilled to see what else will come up in the next months!
Written by: Yousra Makanse and Renato Albernaz
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