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Delivering Grocery can be Sustainable

India’s BigBasket has taken a number of steps towards Environment-friendly delivery

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Electric vehicles

Big Basket has been a pioneer in adopting electric vehicles for grocery deliveries and logistics. In 2021, Big Basket had about 800 Electric two-wheelers for last-mile delivery and had plans to add 4,000–5,000 EVs in the next two years. The company has also partnered with other logistics companies for electric three-wheelers, this includes Delhi-based Euler Motors, Bengaluru-based Howdyy, and Hyderabad-based ETO Motors, among others.

Solar Powered Facilities

Since 2016, Big Basket has started its journey to power its distribution centers, warehouse, and storage facilities using renewable energy. In Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, the company joined hands with Amplus Energy Solution to install over 1.4 MW of solar power plants. Then in 2020, it partnered with U-Solar to power its storage facilities in Andhra Pradesh.

Rainwater Harvesting

The online grocery retailer has also incorporated rainwater harvesting at its warehouse and storage facilities. The collected rainwater is used for many internal housekeeping activities like in washrooms, cafeteria, cleaning, etc.

Green Refrigeration

In 2021, Big Basket has piloted a refrigeration system that uses a natural refrigerant with zero greenhouse gas emissions. The grocery company partnered with Delhi-based New Leaf Dynamic Technologies to use their GreenCHILL Chiller that leverages Agri waste as biomass to generate energy. The Agri waste like pelletized cashew nut shells and waste husks from coconut processing is also internally sourced.

Plastic-free Deliveries

To facilitate plastic-free deliveries of fruits and vegetables, BigBasket has introduced a unique initiative of bringing perishable items in reusable bags. Delivery agents of the company, bring the ordered fruits and vegetables in a bag which has different pockets to carry the loose items. The customer just needs to empty the contents from the bag in their home and return the bag to the delivery agent. In addition, some delicate fruits, like mangoes are also brought in a cardboard box, which can also be returned.

Big Basket Cardboard Packaging

Wrapping Up

BigBasket was launched in India in December 2011 by Vipul Parekh, Hari Menon, VS Sudhakar, Abhinay Choudhari, and VS Ramesh, and since then many companies have come and gone. It has faced tough competition from other online retailers Zomato-owned Blinkit, Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart, and, Reliance’s JioMart, but still, Big Basket has remained a formidable player.

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Varun P

Working towards a sustainable future. Product Manager. Write about— Environment & Sustainability I ClimateTech I.