Volvo to stop use of plastics at new South Carolina auto plant, switch to paper, pulp and wood-based cups and utensils

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Volvo to stop use of plastics at new South Carolina auto plant, switch to paper, pulp and wood-based cups and utensils

June 11, 2018 - 17:20
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CHARLESTON, SC, June 11, 2018 (Local News) -Volvo Cars is ditching the ubiquitous plastic cups and sporks found in employee break rooms for something a little more ecologically friendly.

"Plastics pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time," said Stuart Templar, director of sustainability at Volvo Cars. "We take our responsibility seriously. We must play our part in helping tackle this global problem."

The switch from plastic to biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood begins this year at the automaker's new $1.1 billion campus in Berkeley County and at other sites worldwide. By the end of this decade, the automaker will have replaced more than 20 million single-use plastic items. That equals about 500 plastic items per employee per year.

Volvo also is removing single-use plastic items from all public events, such as new car launches.

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