At OTE Group, at the beginning of 2019, we launched the #ZEROPLASTIC initiative with the aim of reducing disposable plastics. Specifically, our goal was to eliminate the plastic bag and disposable plastic cups, as well as to reduce the consumption of plastic bottles by 50% by the end of 2019 in buildings and stores.
The initiative is implemented in 8 main buildings as well as in the OTE Group retail network in Greece and was addressed to about 6,400 employees.
By the end of 2021, OTE Group achieved zero use of plastic bottles, plastic cups & straws, plastic food containers & single use cutleries. The above-mentioned items were replaced with paper or biodegradable ones. Overall, the use of more than 1.1m single-use plastic items was avoided in 2022. The goal of the elimination of plastic bags in the retail network has already been achieved since 2019 and as a result, the distribution of more than 1.4 mil pieces of plastic was avoided in 2022.