Flipkart removes single use plastic packaging

By Lauren Fruncillo July 11, 2021 - 2:03 pm

Flipkart have recently announced that they have removed all single use plastic packaging across its fulfillment centres in India, delivering on its public commitment to move to plastic-free packaging in its own supply chain by 2021.

The removal of single use plastic packaging has been achieved across more than 70 facilities of Flipkart spread all over India through the addition of sustainable alternatives like paper shreds and paper bags. Flipkart has also ensured that it is fully compliant with all EPR regulations and through its network of recyclers, the equivalent quantity of single-use plastic going to consumers is fully recycled.

Having achieved this milestone, Flipkart is now actively working with its seller partners who fulfill customer orders directly from their locations to educate them and enable them to move towards alternative materials. Furthermore, Flipkart is actively working with the ecosystem to understand how it can best implement other initiatives to create a more circular economy for plastics so that the entire ecosystem can move towards a more sustainable future.

“At Flipkart, we place great emphasis on sustainable and responsible business practices. Moving towards 100% single-use plastic elimination is one of the significant steps we have taken towards fulfilling our commitment to creating a sustainable ecosystem. We achieved this while navigating a tough year impacted by Covid and are proud that our teams kept the priorities in line. We are now focused on enabling our seller ecosystem to adopt sustainable packaging alternatives as well, and to create positive environmental and social impact across the entire supply chain.”
– Hemant Badri, Senior Vice-President and Head of Supply Chain, Flipkart

Flipkart has also committed to a 100% transition to electric vehicles in its city logistics network by 2030. Flipkart is focusing on resource efficiency in its operations by increasing the use of renewable energy and executing projects to improve water management, waste management and overall energy productivity across its strategic facilities including fulfilment centres and data centres.

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