Contribute a company Amazon is heavily involved in plastic pollution, as it was responsible for 210 million kilograms of plastic waste last year. Accordingly To report New released by the non-profit organization Oceana.
And Amazon says: This number is exaggerated by more than 350 percent, andIt claims to use about a quarter of Oceana’s estimates, which means Amazon It’s still using more than 52 million kilograms of plastic packaging in 2019.
Amazon did not share its overall plastic footprint either through a spokesperson or in its most recent sustainability report in September.
Oceana is still sticking to the numbers in its report, despite objections by Amazon.
A spokesperson for the organization said: The low number claimed by the company represents a huge amount of plastic waste, enough to cover the Earth more than a hundred times in the form of airbags and cause very big problems for the oceans.
It is mentioned that the property that makes plastic a required packing material for companies, such as Amazon, is a big problem for the world’s oceans, as it is easy to transport because it is very lightweight, making it easy to reach To the sea.
After the plastic reaches the sea, it forms an addition to the floating mountains of garbage, and often ends up in the stomachs of animals.
In 2019, a whale was found off the coast of the Philippines with 40 kilograms of plastic waste in its stomach.
And when humans eat fish that have swallowed up plastic particles from our waste, that plastic can end up in our stomachs as well.
Oceana is worried about an increase in the number of people shopping online, considering that Amazon Not released publicly regarding its plastic pollution, the organization has tried to track the numbers on its own.
The nonprofit collects data from packaging industry analysts about the amount of plastic packaging used around the world.
It then assumed that Amazon’s share of that plastic waste matched its share in the e-commerce market.
Using that assumption, Oceana estimated that up to 10 million kilograms of Amazon’s plastic waste had polluted freshwater and marine ecosystems around the world in the past year.
That assumption was based on a study published earlier this year that estimated that 11 percent of global plastic waste ends up in aquatic ecosystems.
However, this study is not limited to packaging waste, which makes it difficult to use its data as a way to quantify the amount of plastic pollution that Amazon sends to oceans, rivers and lakes.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement: We share Oceana’s ambition to protect the world’s oceans, and support reducing the use of plastic, however, Oceana has grossly misjudged Amazon’s use of plastic.