Amazon will stop using single-use plastics in its packaging throughout India in less than a year, it announced this week.
Single-use plastics will be completely removed from Amazon’s packaging by June 2020 in India, in a bid to aid the country’s battle against environmental pollution.
Amazon India will instead use paper cushions to protect items in transit across its fulfilment centres in the region, which is becoming and increasingly important market for ecommerce retailers as the trade war with China continues to escalate.
This comes days after Walmart-owned Flipkart, another key international ecommerce player in India, announced plans to remove all non-recyclable plastic from its supply chain by March 2021 while stating it had already cut down on single use plastics by 25 per cent.
Amazon has been widely criticised for both its excessive use of plastic packaging and how much of it is unrecyclable.
Last month environmental activists branded its new prime envelopes a “major step backwards” due to them being largely unrecyclable in the UK.
India’s Prime Minister Modi has also urged citizens and government agencies to “take the first big step” towards reducing plastic pollution in India.
22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India, which generates nearly 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day.