Calls to reduce plastic packaging waste continue

During the 9.9 shopping event last year, environmental groups called on Lazada and Shopee to shift to eco-friendly packaging as part of the #Breakfreefromplastic Philippines project.

But some said delivery personnel carry many items, thus the need for proper packaging.

A Facebook user said, “Yung mga customers din kasi mareklamo kung hindi naka bubble wrap sabihin hindi well-packaged.”

Ranpak Philippines, however, countered these arguments and said there are alternatives to bubble wrap packaging.

In 2020, the packaging expert company said it has helped 315 businesses in the Philippines shift to eco-friendly packaging “equivalent to 173,188 meters of plastic bubble wrap replaced by biodegradable paper.” That’s “twelve 40-foot containers [filled with] plastic bubble wrap.”

It offers a recyclable alternative to bubble wraps made of honeycomb, cassava starch and other biodegradable materials to promote sustainable packaging.

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