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Seven-Eleven Japan to wrap rice balls in bioplastics

Initiative will slash convenience store operator's CO2 emissions by 400 tons a year

Seven-Eleven Japan sells roughly 2.27 billion rice balls a year. 

TOKYO -- Convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan will switch to plant-derived bioplastic wrappers for all rice ball offerings by the end of July as consumers grow more aware of the environmental impact of using petrochemical materials.

The new material will be made partly from sugarcane fibers. The initiative will reduce the company's carbon dioxide emissions by about 403 tons a year and its plastic use by roughly 260 tons.

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