Aditya Dubey, a 16-year-old Class 11 student in Delhi, filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against Amazon and Flipkart over excessive use of plastic sheets and bubble wraps for delivery.
The petition states that the platforms are also using excessive cardboard. Even if items are unbreakable, they put it in a cardboard box double the required size, Aditya said. Plastic in packaging not a necessity, but environmental irresponsibility, says the 16-year-old.
The packaging practice is not due to any necessity or to safeguard the product, but is simply a part of the e-commerce giants’ irresponsible behavior, he added. Citing examples, Dubey pointed out that even a simple product like a novel comes in three layers of bubble wrap. The petitioner has asked the NGT to issue directions to discard the use of plastic in packaging. Indian govt had also asked Amazon, Flipkart to discard plastics in packaging this week.