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More companies turn to eco-friendly deliveries amid surge in plastic waste Updated: 2021-05-06 07:00:40 KST


This is a packaging site for one of Korea's biggest online bookstores.
Usually, when we order books online, boxes are much bigger than they need to be meaning bookstores need to use bubble wrap or plastic packaging to fill the space.
This creates more plastic waste.
But, this machine automatically customizes the boxes to fit the books perfectly.

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"We have reduced the amount of plastic being used by about 40 percent. We will expand our eco-friendly shipping system…"

With a whopping increase in deliveries due to the pandemic, excess trash is becoming a huge issue.
With the problem too big to ignore, online retailers as well as logistics companies are trying to go green.
More companies have switched to reusable boxes when delivering fresh produce.
And there are some that have changed their plastic packaging to 100 percent paper.
A local cosmetics company is now using paper wrapping and tape instead of plastic and Styrofoam.

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"We are now using eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled to reduce the amount of delivery waste."

This comes as ESG, or the environmental, social, and governance criteria for companies, is becoming increasingly important.
Consumers have shown that they prefer companies which are more socially and environmentally responsible.

However, even with these efforts, the amount of plastic waste increased by more than 20% last year in South Korea showing that much more needs to be done.
KIM Cheong-ah, Arirang News.
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