INDIA – Flipkart, the wholesale arm of the Walmart-owned e-Commerce marketplace in India, has announced that it plans to eliminate single-use plastic in packaging by March 2021.

The e-commerce firm said it will move towards a 100 per cent recycled plastic consumption in its own supply chain.

According to the company, it has achieved a 25 per cent reduction in single-use plastic, through various initiatives across its packaging value chain- as of August 1, 2019, reports ET Retail.

“Flipkart also made a commitment to eliminate single use plastic in packaging and move towards a 100 per cent recycled plastic consumption in its own supply chain by March 2021,” a statement issued by the company stated.

“Flipkart is working on various initiatives including the introduction of eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, replacing bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and ‘2 Ply’ roll to name a few,” it added.

Flipkart said that it will continue to implement more measures aimed at cutting down on plastic use including “eComm ready packaging” from brands and recycled paper bags for packaging.

“Under this commitment, Flipkart has also filed for the EPR (Extended producer responsibility) and is targeting 30 per cent collection back in first year to begin with.

“Flipkart also committed to maximize the Recycled content in single-use plastic to boost the recycling ecosystem and reduce virgin plastic consumption,” it added.
Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Group CEO, Flipkart said: “Creating alternatives for single-use plastic packaging is one of the significant steps we have taken towards fulfilling our commitment to create a sustainable ecosystem.

“Our long-term vision is to eliminate the use of plastic and maximise the use of recycled and renewable materials.”

In a bid to reinforce regulations governing use and disposal of plastics in the country, the Greater Chennai Corpoartion has drafted bylaws for plastic waste management, three years after the plastic waste management rules came into effect.

According to the bylaws, the civic body will set up infrastructure for segregation, transport, processing and disposal of plastic waste.

The laws also require brand owners of consumable products using multi-layered plastic sachet or pouches for packaging and they are required to establish a system for collecting back plastic waste generated by the use of their products.

“All bulk waste generators shall install and maintain reverse vending machine for recycling PET bottles as approved by TNPCB, failing which fines will be levied,” the bylaws stated.

The civic body is also seeking public opinion on the bylaws.