Hyderabad: Amazon India on Monday announced that it has eliminated all single-use plastic in packaging originating from its 50+ fulfilment centres in India. In September 2019, the company had pledged to meet this goal by June 2020.
Amazon has taken several steps to achieve complete elimination of single-use plastic in its own fulfilment network. The first milestone towards this goal was achieved in December 2019 when the company replaced plastic packaging material, such as bubble wraps and air pillows, with ‘paper cushion’ in its packaging.
The company then introduced plastic-free and biodegradable paper tape earlier this year to secure shipments. Additionally, it has replaced the thin cling films for customer deliveries among other material with packaging options. All other plastic packaging material originating from the Amazon Fulfilment Centers is recyclable through available collection, segregation and recycling channels.
Amazon India director, customer fulfilment and supply chain, Prakash Kumar Dutta said, “The elimination of single use plastic in our packaging across our fulfilment centers marks an important milestone in our journey towards building a sustainable supply chain.”
Earlier this month, the company announced that it has expanded its initiative, Packaging-Free Shipping (PFS) to over 100 cities, and now more than 40 per cent of customer orders shipped from Amazon India’s Fulfilment centres are either packaging-free or have significantly reduced packaging.