Amazon’s plastic waste could encircle globe 500 times, report says

by Katherine Khashimova Long

Amazon, America’s largest online retailer, is deep in the throes of its largest-ever holiday shopping season, a breakneck sprint to ship billions of items in hundreds of millions of packages.

Despite efforts to make its packaging more sustainable, Amazon produced enough plastic waste last year to encircle the globe 500 times in the form of its air pillows, the report estimated. Less than 1% of that waste makes its way into rivers, lakes and oceans—but that still amounts to the equivalent of dumping one delivery van worth of plastic into waterways every 70 minutes, according to the report.


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