By  on November 12, 2018

BEIJING — It’s hailed as the Olympics of shopping, but also called a “disaster for the environment.” With another Singles’ Day gone by in China, this time to the tune of $45 billion — nearly $31 billion from Alibaba alone — questions about online shopping and its fast-expanding environmental burden are growing.

The conversation has taken on a renewed sense of urgency, especially as the ambitions of Chinese companies become more global — this was the first year that non-Chinese arms of Alibaba took part in the sale.

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