Taiwan to start trial program of eco-friendly e-commerce packaging

09/30/2020 10:19 PM
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The EPA's press conference unveiling the trial program in Taipei. CNA photo Sept. 30, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) A two-month trial program using more environmental friendly packaging for goods purchased online will begin Thursday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In partnership with four e-commerce platforms and Chunghwa Post, the EPA unveiled the packaging designed by Package Plus Co., including bags and boxes, during a press conference in Taipei Wednesday.

According to the agency, two of the e-commerce platforms PChome and momo, will use the eco-friendly packaging to deliver selected goods.

The bags, and boxes delivered by Chunghwa Post from PChome and momo can be returned by simply placing them in green mail boxes or the post office's iBox, which serves as a pick-up place for package delivery.

The other two e-commerce operators -- FPG Shopping and buydirectlyfromfarmers.tw -- will collect the bags and boxes from Package Plus collection locations and upon delivery, respectively, according to the EPA.

Consumers are also encouraged to reuse the bags and boxes, if they do not return them, the EPA added.

The EPA will review the results of the trial program and any changes in consumer behavior before deciding whether to continue the program, it said.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Kay Liu)

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