Amazon: Don’t Give Out Bananas Sprayed With Harmful Pesticides

Target: Kara Hartnett Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon

Goal: Source bananas for Amazon’s Community Banana Stands sustainably.

To give back to its Seattle community, Amazon has set up two Community Banana Stands, where it provides unlimited free bananas to those who live nearby, distributing up to 8,000 bananas per day. While this provides a healthy, convenient snack for passers-by, bananas are known to have a significant environmental impact, like harmful pesticide use, high shipping emissions, and lack of labor rights. As a result, today we call on Amazon to do what’s right and make its community outreach more sustainable.

Given the issues of banana cultivation, Amazon could have a far greater impact if they committed to sourcing organic bananas, or those certified fair trade. Doing so would help to prevent the heavy pesticide use associated with banana cultivation and ensure workers are paid a decent wage. Better yet, Amazon could buy the bananas that grocery stores and supermarkets in Seattle would otherwise throw away; often perfectly edible bananas are thrown away when they start to develop brown spots, even though those tend to taste better (subjectively, of course). Sign this petition to ask that the company apply its sustainability goals to community outreach and make its bananas a sustainable source of nutrition for locals.


Dear Ms. Hartnett Hurst,

Recent reporting has highlighted Amazon’s Community Banana Stands, which distribute 1.7 million bananas per year to the local community for free. While this provides passers-by a healthy snack to enjoy, Amazon could further benefit people near and far by committing to sourcing its bananas more sustainably.

Banana cultivation is associated with a number of environmental and labor issues, from high shipping emissions and heavy pesticide use to low wages and inadequate worker protections. However, these problems could be mitigated if Amazon bought organic or fair trade bananas for its community stands. The company could go even further and cut waste by sourcing bananas from local supermarkets and grocery stores that would otherwise throw them away.

Amazon has shown it cares about the environment and has followed through on many sustainability goals, but there is always more work to be done. Sourcing its banana provisions sustainably would be another piece of the puzzle that would benefit the Seattle community and the globe, and deliciously at that.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop wasting food and feed the world now!

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    I feel there are some very valid points in this petition, that should be given serious thought to.

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