Germany: Amazon pledges to cut use of plastic packaging
November 22, 2021
The online retailer has said it will reduce its use of plastic packaging by the end of the year. Environmental groups have long bemoaned the US giant's role in contributing to mountains of plastic waste in Germany.
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.