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Amazon introduces plastic packaging that can’t be recycled as other retailers move to dump single-use containers

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Daily Mail
August 21, 2019

Amazon have come under criticism for new packaging that cannot be recycled.

The California-based company has angered environmentalists for three items used to mail purchases: an air pillow, bubble-lined plastic bag and standard plastic bag.

All three are deemed single-use only, which means they can’t be refashioned for another purpose – and, crucially, will not degrade naturally.

This is despite growing pressure from politicians, such as former Prime Minister Theresa May, plus a host of multi-million pound retailers who’ve dumped wasteful packaging.

Adding insult to injury, the wrapping is specifically used for Amazon’s Prime service, in which people pay a monthly fee for additional, premium services.

Clearly, reducing the company’s carbon footprint is not among them.

Amazon’s own Second Chance site, which details how customers can recycle packaging, states that the three are ‘not widely recycled across the UK’. It does, however, redirect people to local recycling facilities which may help.

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Unsurprisingly, the move has received substantial backlash from green customers.

A number have vented their spleen via Twitter, while a petition on Change.org has now garnered more than 4,000 signatures.

‘Soft plastics are choking our waterways and oceans, polluting our streets, and jamming up our recycling systems,’ its author says. ‘Amazon, please phase out your plastic envelopes, plastic component mailers, plastic bubble wrap, plastic air-pillows/cushions, and plastic product bags.’

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This article was posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:03 am

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