The online giant’s plastic waste output soared by almost a third, to 270,000 tonnes in 2020 as online orders took off. Oceana has estimated that up to 10,700 tonnes of this plastic will likely end up in the ocean, further polluting it.
Matt Littlejohn, Oceana’s senior vice-president, said, “We are using the best data available to us. If they were transparent, we would gladly use their data. Yes, they are using more non-plastic packaging, but they are also selling a ton more products. We understand people need Amazon. And so we’re hoping Amazon can fix this problem and become a leader in reducing plastic, which is really important for the oceans.”
The conservation group also concluded that the company’s recycling pledges would do very little to fix their waste problem. According to Oceana, Amazon produces so much more plastic and doesn’t control it enough to make a difference.
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