Heinemann puts levy on plastic bags at CPH in aid of OceanCare initiative

By Luke Barras-hill |

Tax_freeCPHCustomers shopping at Tax Free Heinemann shops at Copenhagen Airport (CPH) will now have to pay DKK2 (€0.26) or DKK3 (€0.40) for single-use plastic bags as the travel retail ramps up its sustainability drive.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the bags are donated to international marine conservation charity OceanCare, which is committed to marine wildlife protection.

Gebr. Heinemann has been *working with OceanCare since 2017 to promote responsible retailing and help reduce plastic bag consumption in the former’s airport shops. 


Esben Keller, Managing Director, Heinemann Retail Denmark said: “Our goal is to massively reduce the consumption of plastic bags. In our shops we have the opportunity to draw the attention of customers from all over the world to the issue of plastic pollution and to strengthen their awareness for the problem.

“In the best case, our customers are happy to refrain from using a disposable bag or to opt for a reusable bag with this knowledge. However, we know that customers in our tax free shops enjoy making spontaneous purchases and need additional options for carrying them.

“Through our cooperation with OceanCare, it will nevertheless be possible for our customers to make a contribution to global nature conservation.”


Gebr. Heinemann has raised more than €300,000 for OceanCare since the cooperation between both parties began in 2017.

Commenting on the partnership, Peter Krogsgaard, Chief Commercial Officer, CPH said: “Here in Copenhagen Airport we are very happy that our long-term partner is taking the initiative to something this tangible.

“We hope to see more like this in the future from all our partners and will do what we can to help them succeed with their ideas to make a difference for the environment.”

Sigrid Lüber, Founder and President of OceanCare added: “The decision of Tax Free Heinemann shops at Copenhagen Airport is another milestone in joint efforts reducing single used plastic waste.

“We applaud Gebr. Heinemann for their clear and measurable contribution to reach SDG 14.1 to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds by 2025. A goal which can only be reached if all stakeholders are making a joint effort.

“We hope this decision encourages other private sector companies to follow this example.”

plastic garbage ruining the environment. (Source OceanCare)As reported, TRBusiness and Duty Free Innovation is compelling travel retail to tackle the scourge of plastic waste by subscribing to the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum and signing up to the Plastic Pledge. Click here for further details and to take action now.

*Gebr. Heinemann initiated a pilot project with OceanCare in 2017 to reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans, beginning in 14 Heinemann airport shops across Austria and Germany. In January 2018, the project was extended to Bratislava and Ljubljana, with Budapest and Copenhagen following this year.

In the first year of the co-operation, Heinemann says the number of single-use plastic bags issued at participating sites declined by around 70%. From 2017 to the first quarter of this year, a total of €300,000/$331,000 has been raised to fuel the marine conservation organisation’s efforts.



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