In line with the target to weed out the plastic packaging materials, the India unit of e-commerce giant, Amazon, has decided to do away with all single-use plastic in its packaging across the country. The company is planning to replace packaging materials such as bubble wraps and air pillows with paper cushions. They will further replace the packaging tapes with biodegradable materials in the near future. Akhil Saxena, vice-president of customer fulfillment said in an interview to Money Control said, “We have successfully eliminated single-use plastic in all our fulfillment centers a 100%.”

Earlier in May- June 2020, Amazon has expanded its Packaging-Free Shipping (PFS) option. Through this, the fulfillment centers are either delivering products that are completely packaging-free or have significantly reduced plastic packaging. This service has been extended to more than 100 cities in India as of now and the company has said that more than 40% of its orders in India today are already using PFS.

Previously the e-commerce giant has attracted a lot of criticism from the environmentalists and civil societies for using too much plastic to wrap its billions of shipments. It was in September 2019 when Amazon had set the target that its India unit would replace single-use plastic in its packaging by June 2020.

(By: Gautam Kumar)


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