The Chinese government has issued a set of standards to promote the use of sustainable packaging materials in the logistics industry, where companies including Alibaba-backed Cainiao, JD.com, and SF Express serve millions of online shoppers every day.

The standards were issued in a meeting of senior post office officials, in which State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng presided over the passing of a series of guidelines, including those aimed at setting up national standards for green packaging in the express industry.

During China’s 2018 Double 11 shopping festival—held on November 11 every year—nearly 2 billion packages were delivered in the 10 days following the event, a 25% increase from 2017.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen