Amazon, Flipkart Curb Plastic Packaging Ahead Of New Rules

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Walmart-owned company Flipkart outlined its vision to eliminate single-use plastic claiming that as of August 1, 2019 it had achieved a 25% reduction in single-use plastic, through various initiatives across its packaging value chain.

Flipkart said it is working on various initiatives including the introduction of eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, replacing bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and 2 Ply roll to name a few.

“Our long-term vision is to eliminate the use of plastic and maximise the use of recycled and renewable materials,” said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Group CEO, Flipkart.

Amazon said that it will eliminate single-use plastic from its packaging by June 2020. The company introduced paper cushions, which will replace plastic dunnage like air pillows and bubble wraps across its fulfilment centers in India.

Paper cushions will be used to fill the void space inside packages to ensure that the product is well protected in transit. The solution has already been launched in select fulfillment centers (FC) and will be extended across all FCs of Amazon in the country by the end of the year.

The company claims that its packaging material in the form of corrugated boxes and paper cushions contains as high as 100% recycled content and is also fully recyclable. The company has pledged to collect plastic, equivalent to all of the plastic packaging material used by the Amazon Fulfilment network in the country from September 2019.

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