Amazon India claimed successful elimination of single-use plastic in packaging at its 50 fulfillment centers in India. In September 2019 the company had pledged to achieve the goal by June 2020, to build an environmentally sustainable supply chain. The company said that, it took several steps to stop using single-use plastic in its fulfillment network. This includes replacing plastic packaging material such as bubble wraps and air pillows with paper cushion, using 100 per cent plastic-free and biodegradable paper tape to seal shipments and replace thin cling films with packaging material that is not single-use plastic in nature. Amazon said that, all other plastic packaging material at the fulfillment centers are 100 per cent recyclable.
According to Prakash Kumar Dutta, director, customer fulfillment and supply chain, Amazon India, “The elimination of single use plastic in packaging across our fulfilment centers marks an important milestone in our relentless journey towards building a sustainable supply chain. Our aim is to minimize environmental impact while elevating customer experience. While navigating through unprecedented challenges with the lockdown and pandemic in the last few months, we have continued to take progressive steps towards ensuring that we meet our commitment. We strongly believe that moving towards sustainable practices is good for the planet, the customers and the business, and we will continue to invest and innovate on this front.”
Earlier this month, Amazon had announced that it expanded its India-first initiative of packaging-free shipping (PFS) to over 100 cities and now more than 40 per cent of the customer orders shipped from the fulfillment centers are now either packaging-free or have significantly reduced packaging.