Logistics leaders join forces to recycle packaging from 31bn parcels

Cainiao Network has established Cainiao Green Alliance Foundation to invest 300 million yuan (US$43.45 million) into research to foster environmentally-friendly practices throughout the logistics supply chain and will also focus on innovations in packaging, the adoption of clean energy by delivery vehicles and using big data to optimise resources.

The foundation is jointly being launched by Cainiao Network, together YTO Express, ZTO Express, STO Express, Yunda Express, Best Logistics and TK Express, as well as the Alibaba Foundation and the China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF).

Last year, 31.3 billion parcels were sent in the country, over a 50 per cent increase from the year before. In 2015, 7.5 billion plastic bags, 10 billion cardboard boxes, and 17 billion metres of wrapping tape were used for shipping parcels. Cardboard boxes used for parcels are often sealed with wrapping tape, making it difficult and costly to sort and recycle. Such packing materials can take hundreds of years to break down, and will produce toxic fumes if incinerated.