Nov 20, 2020|

JD Tops the Ranking of Green Packaging Actions in China’s Express Industry


by Vivian Yang

On November 18th, the environment-protection NGO “Plastic Free China” released an evaluation report on the green packaging actions of Chinese express companies during a virtual press conference. Among the nine major market players examined in this report, JD Logistics (JDL) was ranked the highest.

Five main dimensions of green packaging actions of express providers are evaluated by the report:

  •  the goal and plan of green packaging actions;
  • information transparency regarding packaging materials;
  •  efforts to reduce package materials;
  • application of circular packaging;
  • recycling of used packaging materials

Under this framework, the report gathered relevant information through public channels and direct inquiries from the target companies over 29 specific areas. Based on JD’s green supply chain program, known as the “Green Stream Initiative”, JD Logistics (JDL) ticked the most boxes in the survey.

Ranking of green packaging actions of main express companies in China

Ranking of green packaging actions of main express companies in China

Source: official WeChat account of Plastic Free China

It is estimated that over 80% of express businesses in China are driven by e-commerce growth. According to the data from China’s State Administration of Market Regulation in 2020, the express industry generates more than nine million tons of paper waste and about 1.8 million tons of plastic waste every year, and the number is on the rise in the years ahead.

To tackle this issue head-on, JD launched the “Green Stream Initiative” in 2017, introducing a number of concrete waste reduction measures, including using slimmer tape, lighter plastic bags, and recycled boxes, adopting digital receipts and original packaging models in collaboration with brand partners, and employing technology to enhance the matching accuracy of the amount of cardboard required and size of parcels, just to name a few.

To date, this program, joined by over 200,000 merchants on JD’s platform, has distributed recyclable delivery boxes in nearly 30 cities in China, which have been used over 16 million times. During the past Singles Day Grand Promotion period (November 1st -November 11th), the Green Stream Initiative helped reduce packaging waste by 100,000 tons.

Additionally, JD launched the Green Packaging Alliance and China’s E-commerce & Logistics Packaging Standards Alliance, which developed the industry’s first packaging standards and is playing an important role in promoting the industry’s environmentally-friendly development.

Jerry Duan, head of the Green Stream Initiative, JD Logistics (JDL)

Jerry Duan, head of the Green Stream Initiative, JD Logistics (JDL)

“It is a big challenge ahead of us, but it’s also a responsibility we must shoulder,” said Jerry Duan, head of the Green Stream Initiative. “We will continue to collaborate with our partners to build a business ecosystem that supports the sustainability and co-existence with the environment.”