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Logistics leaders join forces to recycle packaging from 31bn parcels

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Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has established a non-profit foundation in Beijing with several leading logistics companies to promote environmentally-friendly transport services amid concerns over packaging waste.

The Cainiao Green Alliance Foundation will tackle the growing amount of packaging waste related to the country’s e-commerce boom.

The bulk of packaging waste often ends up in landfills without being recycled, as the process is often deemed overly expensive.

The newly-established foundation will invest 300 million yuan (US$43.45 million) into research to foster environmentally-friendly practices throughout the logistics supply chain.

It will also focus on innovations in packaging, the adoption of clean energy by delivery vehicles and using big data to optimise resources.

“Cainiao Network and Alibaba Group have a responsibility to take the lead in promoting environmental protection and green logistics,” said Judy Tong, chairwoman of Cainiao Network and Alibaba’s chief people officer.

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