Amazon Generated 211 Million Kilograms of Plastic Waste in 2019, Report Says

E-commerce company Amazon generated an estimated 211 million kilograms of plastic packaging waste in 2019, with 10.8 million kilograms of the waste ending up in freshwater and marine ecosystems, a new report claimed.

E-commerce company Amazon generated an estimated 211 million kilograms of plastic packaging waste in 2019, with 10.8 million kilograms of the waste ending up in freshwater and marine ecosystems, a new report claimed.

“The company uses so much plastic packaging that it would circle around the Earth more than 500 times if expressed in the form of e-commerce’s ubiquitous air pillows,” the report by nonprofit organization Oceana said.

However, Amazon objected to the estimated figures and said in an e-mailed statement to news website The Verge that the online retail giant uses only around a quarter of Oceana’s estimate.

“Oceana has dramatically miscalculated Amazon’s use of plastic,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Oceana argued that it has not been able to gather data from Amazon because the company has not released any figures on its plastic waste. Instead, Oceana gathered data from packaging industry analysts and from another scientific report on plastic pollution.

Oceana said in an e-mailed statement to The Verge that Amazon continues to “offer anecdotes about packaging weight rather than transparency.”

Published in Dec. 15, the report also found out Amazon customers wanted the company to reduce their plastic packaging, with 87% of those surveyed said they wanted Amazon and other online retailers to offer plastic-free packaging choices.

“It’s time for Amazon to listen to its customers, who, according to recent surveys want plastic-free alternatives, and make real commitments to reduce its plastic footprint,” Oceana Senior Vice President Matt Littlejohn said in a statement.


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