Sony to begin plastic packaging phase-out next year
by AFP Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 8, 2022
Sony will start phasing out plastic packaging for small electronic gadgets such as smartphones, cameras and audio accessories from next year, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
From April, plastic packaging will not be used for some new products weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds) or less.
The Japanese conglomerate wants to eliminate the material from all containers for newly designed smaller goods by 2025, the spokeswoman told AFP.
"Instead of plastics, we will mainly use paper, and a so-called 'original blend material' made from bamboo, used paper and squeezed sugarcane fibre," she said.
Sony eventually wants to eliminate plastic packaging for larger products like televisions, but no specific time frame has been decided yet, she said.
Most plastics, including those in packaging and single-use products, do not readily decompose in nature.
The material can break down into polluting microplastics, which have been found in all corners of the world and even in some human organs.
Sony has announced a long-term global plan targeting "zero environmental footprint" throughout the lifecycle of its products and business activities by the year 2050.
Canada orders Chinese firms to exit rare minerals deals
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2022
Canada on Wednesday ordered three Chinese companies to divest their stakes in Canadian rare earth minerals companies, citing "national security" reasons. The companies ordered to divest their holdings are Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co Ltd, Chengze Lithium International Limited and Zangge Mining Investment (Chengdu) Co Ltd, a statement said. Canadian national security and intelligence agencies conducted "rigorous scrutiny" of the companies before the decision was made, said Franco ... read more
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