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South Korean retailers ramp up eco-friendly offerings

Lotte Mart and CU are taking out the plastic labels on their water bottles.

Retailers in South Korea such as Lotte Mart, CU, and 7-Eleven have been rolling out a string of eco-friendly products, including bottled water with no labels, and plastic cup coffee without a straw, Korea Bizwire reported.

Discount store chain Lotte Mart released two types of its own private-label brand bottled water that have no label on the bottle – a pack of six 2-L bottles and a pack of twenty 500-mL bottles.

The no-label bottles eliminate the need for consumers to remove the labels prior to recycling, whilst contributing to reducing the amount of waste generated. Lotte Mart plans to change all of its private-label water bottles to no-label models within the first half of this year.

Convenience store chain CU will also have its PB water products switch to transparent plastic bottles without labels. Starting with 500-mL bottled water from February, CU plans to introduce no-label transparent plastic bottles for its 1-L and 2-L products in Q1.

At the same time, 7-Eleven released a plastic cup coffee without straw for the first time among the convenience store chains. The cup will come with a special cap that allows users to drink it without a straw.
 

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