In fulfillment of its public commitment to move to a plastic-free supply chain by 2021, Flipkart e-commerce marketplace has announced that it will end all single-use plastic packaging in more than 70 fulfillment centers in India.
To achieve this plastic-free packaging goal, the company has introduced scalable sustainable alternatives such as shredded paper, replacing poly bags with recycled paper bags, bubble wrap with shredded cardboard waste, and two-ply rolls.
Hemant Badri, Senior Vice President and Head of Supply Chain at Flipkart, said: “At our company, we value sustainable and responsible business practices. Moving to 100 percent single-use plastic elimination is one of the most important steps we’ve taken to meet our commitment to creating a sustainable ecosystem. We achieved this in a difficult year influenced by Covid and are proud that our teams have met the priorities. “
During this process, the e-commerce major made sure it was fully compliant with all expanded producer responsibility regulations and claims that through its network of recyclers it has also ensured that the appropriate amount of single-use plastic that goes to consumers is recycled . In addition, Flipkart is now actively working with its regional sales partners to educate and empower them to switch to plastic alternatives. The company claims it has already achieved a 27% reduction in single-use plastic packaging consumption in its sales performance.
In addition, it is also actively working with the packaging ecosystem to understand how best to implement sustainability initiatives to create a circular economy for plastics. “We are focused on enabling our seller ecosystem to adopt sustainable packaging alternatives and making a positive impact on the environment and society across the supply chain,” said Badri.
For example, with its eCommerce-ready packaging, Flipkart was able to ship almost 15% of the products without adding a second layer of packaging. The company is also committed to ensuring that the packaging used does not pollute the environment.
With a registered customer base of more than 350 million, Flipkart offers over 150 million products in more than 80 categories. The company has also committed to a 100 percent conversion of its city logistics network to electric vehicles by 2030. It focuses on resource efficiency in its operations by increasing the use of renewable energies and implementing projects to improve water, waste management and overall energy productivity across its strategic facilities such as fulfillment and data centers.
Much of the Flipkart facilities are now ISO 14001 certified. It claims that a number of its large warehouse projects are being developed in line with IGBC’s green building guidelines.
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Flipkart eliminates single-use plastic packaging from the supply chain