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Amazon India to weed out single-use plastic packaging by June 2020

FILE PHOTO: A shipment moves on a conveyor belt at an Amazon fulfilment centre on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/ Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File Photo

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (HeadlineNews) – Amazon.com Incs (AMZN.O) India unit said on Wednesday it would replace all single use plastic in its packaging by June 2020 with paper cushions, the latest major company to join the countrys fight against environmental pollution.

Amazons move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis upcoming ban on plastic bags, cups and straws.

The environment friendly packaging material will be entirely recyclable, Amazon, which has often been criticized for using too much plastic and thermocol to wrap its billions of packages of shipments, said on Wednesday.

Last week, rival Flipkart said it has cut down on single-use plastic use by 25% and plans to move entirely to recycled plastic consumption in its own supply chain by March 2021.

Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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