Bundles of parcels wrapped in plastic are stacked on a train at the Lanzhou West Railway Station in Gansu’s provincial capital of Lanzhou on November 11, 2017. A record 1.87 billion parcels will be delivered in the six days following the 2018 Singles’ Day online shopping gala, according to estimates by China’s national postal service. Photo: Xinhua
Haining Liu
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Haining Liu

China’s online shopping frenzy is no panacea for the clear air and water we really need for survival

  • More than 1.87 billion parcels would be delivered in the six days after November 11, mostly wrapped in non-recyclable and non-reusable plastic
  • Imagine how many of these will end up in our oceans, our water supply or eventually in our bodies

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Bundles of parcels wrapped in plastic are stacked on a train at the Lanzhou West Railway Station in Gansu’s provincial capital of Lanzhou on November 11, 2017. A record 1.87 billion parcels will be delivered in the six days following the 2018 Singles’ Day online shopping gala, according to estimates by China’s national postal service. Photo: Xinhua
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