50% reduction in plastic packaging by Flipkart across its supply chain
With growing awareness about environment, industries and sectors across nations are finding alternative solutions aiming towards sustainability. The use of plastic in packaging is also undergoing reduction to curb the accumulation of non-biodegradable products. Many top brands have started shifting towards eco-friendly materials such as cardboard, corrugated and paper, when it comes to packaging.
Recently, Walmart-owned Flipkart announced that it has been able to reduce plastic packaging in its supply chain by 50 per cent. Flipkart has now started phasing out plastic packaging from its own supply chain in Maharashtra through usage of paper-based packaging starting May 1, according to a statement.
"As part of its efforts to move towards zero waste, the company has been able to reduce plastic packaging in its supply chain, and has cut down the usage of plastic packaging in its own supply chain by about 50 per cent," it added. The company has been driving several initiatives towards sustainable growth, including introduction of eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, replacing bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and two-ply roll.
Flipkart said it is actively working with all policy makers, including state governments across the country and other ecosystem stakeholders to understand how it can provide a conducive and feasible transition path to lakhs of its seller partners to gradually adopt sustainable packaging alternatives that are affordable, scalable and widely available to them.