Amazon Plans to Ditch Signature Brown Boxes to Reduce Packaging Waste

By Thea Felicity

Apr 02, 2024 01:34 PM EDT

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Amazon is taking steps to reduce the negative environmental effects caused by using too much packaging by ditching their well-known brown shipping boxes from their shipping process. CNBC reports that while they have made some progress, they recognize that it will take considerable time and effort to fully achieve this sustainability objective.

According to Amazon, approximately 11% of global orders in 2022 were dispatched in their original manufacturer packaging, including brands such as Clorox, Starbucks, and McDonald's. Now, reducing the dependence on Amazon's conventional packaging is the ultimate goal for both the company and its consumer partners.

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How Amazon Plans to Ditch Their Signature Brown Boxes

To start with, Amazon has launched the "Ships in Product Packaging" program, which involves identifying suitable items and working closely with suppliers to enable secure shipment without extra packaging. 

The initiative entails thorough testing procedures, including simulations of the e-commerce delivery process, to ensure the products remain intact during transit.

Now, Amazon reports that there has been progress. Still, challenges persist, particularly in sectors like personal hygiene and intimate wellness products, where privacy concerns necessitate discreet packaging. 

To help the company, automation and machine learning technologies play a role in optimizing packaging operations, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. This sustainability initiative not only contributes to environmental preservation but also improves the customer experience by reducing unnecessary materials.

For now, Amazon suggests that the end goal is to change consumer behavior, especially concerning the adoption of reusable packaging. While certain companies have embraced this strategy, widespread acceptance depends on incentivizing returns and receiving support from legislation.

Industry pioneers are optimistic about the widespread adoption of reusable packaging. They anticipate a tipping point spurred by major retailers such as Amazon and Walmart.

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