Alibaba, Chinese Delivery Firms Team Up To Fight Pollution With Billions of Greener Packages

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A total of 31.3 billion packages were delivered in China in 2016, up 51.7% year-on-year and taking a 43% share of all package deliveries globally. The astonishing growth in deliveries has been matched by an astonishing amount of packaging waste clogging landfills.

According to the latest available data, a total of 9.9 billion packaging boxes, 8.2 billion plastic bags, 16.9 billion meters of tape and 20.7 billion sheets of address forms were used in 2015. The resulting waste could cover nearly 200,000 football fields and the tapes used could circle the equator 425 times.

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