Amazon: Reduce Unnecessary Plastic Packaging

Target: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

Goal: Reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic packaging used to ship items.

Plastic waste is a large issue plaguing the world and its oceans. The problem with plastic is the material takes hundreds of years to photodegrade. The plastic in the ocean shrinks until animals and humans are eating and drinking tiny toxic particles. Recycling cannot always be an option, since most places do not have the ability to process all the material they receive.

Amazon is one of the largest global fulfillment companies for online orders. Shipping large amounts of orders everyday means a lot of material for packaging. The company is also notorious for sending unnecessary amounts of packing material with small and non-fragile items. While it is recommended to choose the “group items together” shipping option, they are not always sent in one box. Even items from the same company can come from different suppliers, and Amazon will go on and send separately.

Given the company’s wide reach and audience, they need to take steps in order to be more mindful about their use of plastic and packaging materials. Such steps should include investing in compostable or eco-friendly options for sending orders, such as dissolvable packing peanuts; reducing fillers and excess packing material in non-fragile orders; and increasing enforcement of grouping together items in one order. These are only a few options that Amazon can look into in order to reduce unnecessary waste. Let the company know its consumers want more environmentally friendly practices to be implemented! After you sign the petition, send Amazon pictures of your over-packaged orders so they can be faced with their waste.


Dear Mr. Bezos,

Plastic packaging is not a sustainable solution for sending materials by any means. The only way for plastic to break down is by photodegradation, which takes at least hundreds of years. Amazon is known for comically large boxes for small items, or too much filler packaging for non-fragile orders. However, the waste produced by these practices is certainly nothing to laugh at.

Your company is responsible for huge amounts of online orders, and therefore must take responsibility for the unnecessary waste being produced by your packaging methods. There needs to be more mindful, conscious decisions on your part to reduce the plastic and new material you put out into the world. Look into compostable and recycled packing materials to reduce your carbon footprint and damaging practices.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kathryn Lunger

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  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    plastic is bad for the environment.

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    It’s not good to be wasteful, this has to be stopped.

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