Amazon ships two million packages a day
By far the largest retailer in Germany is Amazon. Compared to 2019, i.e. since the Corona lockdowns, annual sales have increased by 68 percent. Germans shopped for more than 32.6 billion euros on the Internet platform in 2021. Almost unimaginable: that’s goods worth 90 million euros day after day – or calculated in packages: two million pieces daily. Measures were taken by the mail order giant to reduce the mountain of packaging waste:
Less weight. The goods are usually packed in cardboard boxes or envelopes. The mail-order company is focusing on material savings. Since 2015, the weight of shipping packaging per shipment is said to have been reduced by more than 36 percent. According to Amazon, this means that more than one million tons of packaging material have been saved – the equivalent of around two billion shipping cartons.
Frustration-free packaging. Companies selling goods via Amazon must join the Frustration-Free Packaging program. The goal: goods should not receive any additional outer packaging, and the actual packaging must be recyclable. To do this, retailers need internationally valid certifications. In the EU, this is governed by Directive 94/62/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste. The independent certifications of flustix are recognized here.
Customized design. Oversized packaging, which is intended to encourage purchases in retail stores, is not necessary for mail orders. That’s why Amazon relies on smaller packaging and is convincing more and more sellers to ship items in the original box, without a second sleeve. For the companies, the practiced environmental protection pays off: They save additional commissions that would otherwise be due to Amazon, as well as costs for
No adhesive tape. The shipping cartons have adhesive edges. That’s why four out of five cartons don’t need extra tape.
New paper bags. Zalando shipping bags have so far consisted of 80 percent recycled plastic – according to the company’s own information and thus unaudited. The retailer is currently switching to bags made of FSC-certified and recyclable paper. Cosmetic products now also come in paper “beauty bags.”