A startling new report about a simple reality of lockdown life has begun to make waves among active groups – but a major retailer has fired back.
A shocking new report from marine conservation group Oceana has pinned delivery giants like Amazon to a shocking increase in plastics found in the ocean.
In a December release, the environmental organization analyzed e-commerce packaging data and found that the US shipping monolith Amazon reportedly generated 271 million kilograms of plastic packaging waste in 2020, up 29 percent of the 2019 estimate of 210 million kilograms. Shows percentage increase.
report good It also found that Amazon’s estimated plastic packaging waste, in the form of air pillows alone, could circle planet Earth more than 600 times.
Report combines packaging data with recently published findings ScienceIt is estimated that 10 million kilograms of plastic packaging from the Amazon alone entered the world’s waterways in 2020.
Oceana argues that this amount is equivalent to dumping an Amazon delivery van full of plastic into the ocean every hour.
Amazon Plastics uses “plastic film” materials, which are more difficult to recycle and not accepted by most residential recycling systems, the researchers said.
The release also claims to highlight the online giant’s “empty recycling promises” after its most successful year on record, with the US-based company’s sales rising 38 percent to $386 billion (A$542.09 bn).
Amazon has denied the claims, arguing that Oceana’s calculations are “seriously flawed”, and constructed using “outdated assumptions”.
As a company revolutionizing the way customers place orders and receive products, Amazon experienced a huge surge in demand as the world entered lockdown.
Same-day delivery in metro areas meant that customers in the world’s largest cities could sometimes order a pair of shoes while having breakfast and wear them to the supermarket in the afternoon.
Oceana’s report concluded that the world’s largest retailer’s recycling efforts “won’t reduce its huge plastic footprint”.
“We are using the best data available to us. If Amazon was transparent, we would gladly use their data. Yes, they are using more non-plastic packaging, but they are also selling a ton more products,” said senior vice president Matt Littlejohn, Guardian,
“We understand that people need Amazon. And so we are hoping that Amazon can fix this problem and be a leader in reducing plastic, which is really important for the oceans.”
“Plastic is a major source of pollution and is ravaging the world’s oceans. Sea turtles and other marine animals mistake the plastics used by the Amazon as food that could eventually prove fatal.
As part of the study, Oceana surveyed 1,400 Amazon Prime customers in the United States and the UK, revealing that 94.8 percent are “concerned about the impact of plastic pollution on the oceans”, while 91 percent believe Was that Amazon should reduce the use of plastic packaging and offer plastic-free packing options at checkout.
However, Amazon believes Oceana’s calculations are “seriously flawed”, claiming that the environmentalist organization has “increased our plastic use by more than 300 percent, and the plastic waste in our oceans”. use old assumptions about the sources of”.
“Amazon is making rapid progress in reducing or eliminating single-use plastics from packaging materials around the world,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.
“As a co-founder of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to protecting the planet and achieving net-zero carbon by 2040. We continue to welcome informed, constructive dialogue with NGOs and others on these issues. keep.”
Furthermore, a study published in Nature Sustainability in June 2021 showed that most of the ocean’s waste still comes from food and beverage litter.
The study states, “Here, we reconcile worldwide litter-type inventories in seven major aquatic environments and find that a set of plastic items from take-out food and beverages have a significant impact on global littering.” dominates, followed by fishing activities.”
The rising levels of plastic in the world’s oceans have long been a concern for environmentalists.
Conservation researchers in Australia have uncovered a staggering amount of buildup of waste in some of the more ancient pieces of the country’s coastline.
2019 Documentary protect heaven Find out how much plastic pollution is accumulating. Marine biologist Laura Wells traveled to far north Queensland and some outlying reefs and remote islands in the Great Barrier Reef and uncovered some daunting data on plastic formation.
Ms. Wells and her team members collected 800 kilograms of plastic waste during a few days of filming. According to the production team, they could have collected more, but they had limited time and space to collect the garbage.
From his observations and after looking at things like drone footage, he estimated that there is about 1000 kg of plastic for every kilometer of coastline.
“There was definitely a mix, some from overseas and some from Australia – judging by the label,” Ms Wells said.
“The Great Barrier Reef and its ecosystem are seen as pristine but are heavily damaged by plastic pollution.”