The US online retail giant Amazon announced on Monday that it intends to largely do away with plastic packaging in Germany by the end of the year.
The Seattle-based company says it will replace all single-use plastic packaging bags with paper bags and ship larger items in corrugated cardboard boxes.
Although the company will cut down on its plastic use, it will not cut it out altogether.
Bubble wrap will still be used as a way to protect breakable items such as glassware, and third-party items already packaged in single-use plastic bags that can be relabeled for postal delivery – as well as items destined for wet outdoor locations – will also remain packaged as received.
Amazon and environmental groups
The company, which dominates Germany’s online retail business, has been accused of unnecessarily contributing to Germany’s growing mountains of plastic waste.
Environmental groups have also accused Amazon of contributing to the pollution of the oceans with excessive reliance on plastic.
A report published by the Oceana group in December last year claimed that around 11,000 tons of plastic waste from Amazon packaging had entered rivers and oceans in 2019.
Amazon rejected the findings at the time as a “miscalculation.”
js / rt (AP, dpa)
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