Why does Amazon insist on using a card board box to ship everything? Today I received a Windows Update Card (i.e., something the size of a credit card that has the license key printed on it) attached to a card board insert inside a much bigger cardboard box.
In all they used 260 grams of packaging to send a 16g credit card sized object that could just as easily been sent in an envelope. The difference in impact for my one little package won’t matter much as I’ll recycle the box and packaging, but just thinking about how many small packages Amazon ships out every day, it adds up really fast.
Amazon has a system to give packaging feedback that we wrote about a few years ago and we’ll be doing that next!
I would liked to have gone to a local store to buy it, but the item I wanted was an older version and not available at any of the retailers I checked with near me, so I ordered it online.
Amended 7/8/14: I should also give Amazon credit that they will sometimes ship multiple orders in a single package saving on the embodied energy in shipment and packaging. I have been pleasantly surprised by this in the past. To help support our blog, you can start your Amazon Shopping from our affiliate link and we will earn referral fees as a percentage of what you purchase.
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