China makes progress in green logistics

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China has achieved results in its efforts to deal with packaging waste and pollution due to the booming express delivery industry.

The country delivered a total of 27.8 billion parcels from January to June, up 25.7 percent year-on-year. The gross business revenue of the sector increased 23.7 percent to hit 339.7 billion yuan, data from the State Post Bureau showed.

Along with the expanding industry came problems such as packaging waste and pollution. To build a green industry, the country encouraged express delivery firms to adopt eco-friendly and sustainable packaging.

Currently, about 95 percent of delivery packages use electronic waybills to reduce the use of paper sheets. China Post has started to use green packaging boxes in 30 provinces, and has introduced degradable packaging materials in Beijing and central China’s Henan province. E-commerce giant JD.com has encouraged the use of biodegradable materials to package fresh products.

Chinese companies have also started to use recyclable packaging materials. JD has launched a recyclable packaging box in cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. The boxes have been used over 10 million times.