Amazon on Monday announced that it will begin cutting down their use of plastic packaging in Germany following complaints that the retail giant contributes to mountains of waste.
The company said that its German logistics center will replace all single-use plastic bags with paper-based products or cardboard boxes by the end of the year.
Not all of the company’s plastic use will be cut, however. Bubble wrap will still be used for fragile items and plastic bags for when couriers are asked to leave packages outdoors during rainfall.
Packages from third-party sellers that have already been wrapped with plastic are also excluded from Amazon’s move.
Environment groups in Germany, where Amazon dominates the online retail industry, have been calling for the company to reduce their contribution to mountains of plastic waste in the country.
In a report published last year, the Oceana group claimed that Amazon’s packaging have polluted rivers and oceans with around 11,000 tons of plastic waste during 2019, to which Amazon had rejected as a “miscalculation”.
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