The other side of Amazon packaging: ‘320 million kilos of single-use plastic’ – ICT news

Amazon’s 2021 packaging reached its recipients, packed in 320 million kilograms of plastic, which is an 18% increase on a year. “Amazon is ignoring demands from customers and shareholders to respond,” according to Oceana, the environmental group that released the numbers.

On the report The cost of Amazon plastic denial on the world’s oceans Oceana, the world’s largest retailer, used more than 320 million kilograms of plastic last year to package the billions of orders placed around the world through its website.

According to Oceana, that’s an 18% increase from 2020 and enough plastic to wrap around the world 800 times.

12 million kilos at sea

Based on a previous study published in Science, Oceana has determined that 12 million kilograms of this plastic mountain will end up in rivers and seas. The type of packaging used by the Amazon – plastic film – is also very harmful to the oceans and marine life, says the report.

“Customers and shareholders are calling for the company to act. It’s time for Amazon to commit to a global reduction in plastic consumption,” said Matt Littlejohn, senior vice president of strategy at Oceana.

general meeting

At the company’s May 2022 general meeting, nearly 49% of members voted in favor of a resolution calling on Amazon to fight its plastic addiction, a first in the company’s history. At least 53 shareholders have indicated they will vote in favor of the resolution, including the world’s largest asset manager, Blackrock.

While Amazon has been transparent about its climate efforts in the past, that’s not the case about plastic consumption, according to Oceana.

On December 13, 2022, Amazon said in a blog post that “its average single-use plastic use per package has been reduced by 7% from 2021”. Oceana says he is happy with this first step towards more transparency, but says that this number hides part of the truth in that orders placed through Amazon’s e-commerce platforms, whose sales are carried out through third parties, are not counted. Amazon declined to provide more information about this after an inquiry from Oceana.

Online shopping

The environmental organization recognizes that the increase in the global number of plastic packaging is due in part to the increase in online shopping in 2021. Amazon actually registered a growth of 22% last year.

The company has already made efforts to adopt alternative or reusable packaging in India and Germany, among others. “It’s clear that Amazon is capable of solving this problem,” Oceana said. “However, the company chooses not to engage globally despite the enormous damage plastics are causing to our oceans and the planet.”

Oceana’s wish list from Amazon is therefore: a global commitment to use at least one-third less plastic packaging by 2030, public reporting on single-use plastic consumption, and disclosure of the climate impact of total Oceana sales. Amazon.

In Oceana’s The Cost of Amazon’s Plastic Denial on the World’s Oceans report, the world’s largest retailer used more than 320 million pounds of plastic last year to package the billions of orders placed worldwide through its website. According to Oceana, that’s an 18% increase from 2020 and enough plastic to wrap around the world 800 times. Based on a previous study published in Science, Oceana determined that 12 million pounds of this mountain of plastic end up in rivers and seas. The type of packaging used by the Amazon – plastic film – is also very harmful to the oceans and marine life, says the report. “Customers and shareholders are calling for the company to act. It’s time for Amazon to commit to a global reduction in plastic consumption,” said Matt Littlejohn, senior vice president of strategy at Oceana. At the company’s May 2022 general meeting, nearly 49% of members voted in favor of a resolution calling on Amazon to fight its plastic addiction, a first in the company’s history. At least 53 shareholders have indicated they will vote in favor of the resolution, including the world’s largest asset manager, Blackrock. While Amazon has been transparent about its climate efforts in the past, that’s not the case about plastic consumption, according to Oceana. On December 13, 2022, Amazon said in a blog post that “its average single-use plastic use per package has been reduced by 7% from 2021”. Oceana says he is happy with this first step towards more transparency, but says that this number hides part of the truth insofar as orders placed through Amazon’s e-commerce platforms, whose sales are carried out through third parties, are not counted. Amazon declined to provide more information about this after an inquiry from Oceana. The environmental organization recognizes that the increase in the global number of plastic packaging is due in part to the increase in online shopping in 2021. Amazon actually recorded a 22% growth last year. The company has already made efforts to adopt alternative or reusable packaging in India and Germany, among others. “It’s clear that Amazon is capable of solving this problem,” Oceana said. “However, the company chooses not to engage globally despite the enormous damage plastics are causing to our oceans and the planet.” Oceana’s wish list from Amazon is therefore: a global commitment to use at least one-third less plastic packaging by 2030, public reporting on single-use plastic consumption, and disclosure of the climate impact of total Oceana sales. Amazon.

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