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China's online shopping addiction killing Xi's strong environmental drive

As President Xi Jinping pushes for stronger environmental protection and consumers grow more eco-conscious, the nation's e-commerce giants are under pressure to find greener ways

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Greenpeace estimates that Singles’ Day generated 52,400 metric tons of CO2 from manufacturing. (Bloomberg)

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If you worry about all the waste generated by the annual rush of holiday shopping and gift giving, it’s nothing compared to the mountains of discarded packaging that comes from a single event in China.

On Nov. 11 each year, the world’s biggest consumer market goes into overdrive as e-commerce giants like Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and JD.com Inc. lure shoppers with huge bargains during the Singles’ Day bonanza. Alibaba reported almost 500 billion yuan ($76 billion) of sales this year, nearly four times U.S. Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending combined. On its Tmall platform, transactions reached a peak when

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First Published: Dec 21 2020 | 8:47 AM IST

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