India’s leading E-commerce marketplace Flipkart has eliminated all single-use plastic packaging used across its facilities in the country. A statement issued by the company said this has been achieved across over 70 of its facilities by introducing eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, replacing bubble wraps with carton waste shredded material, and 2 ply roll. The statement also said Flipkart was delivering on its public commitment to move to plastic-free packaging in its supply chain by 2021.
Flipkart has noted that through its network of recyclers, the equivalent quantity of single-use plastic going to consumers is fully recycled. It is now actively working with its seller partners to educate them and enable them to move towards alternative materials. Flipkart has already achieved a 27 percent reduction in the use of single-use plastic packaging in its seller fulfilments.
The Senior Vice-President and Head of Supply Chain, Flipkart, Mr. Hemant Badri, said, “Moving towards 100 percent single-use plastic elimination is one of the significant steps we have taken towards fulfilling our commitment to creating a sustainable ecosystem.” Some of the other key initiatives by Flipkart include ‘E-commerce ready packaging’, where Flipkart has been able to ship close to 15 percent of products without adding a secondary layer of packaging. Flipkart is also moving towards doing away with the outer layer by working with brands across apparel, electronics, and home furnishings to ship their products in the original manufacturer/brand packaging. The E-commerce platform is also ensuring that packaging used does not cause any deforestation and is using recycled and alternative materials.