Amazon and the Environment

At Amazon, we're constantly looking for ways to further reduce our environmental impact.

Online shopping is inherently more environmentally friendly than traditional retailing. The efficiencies of online shopping result in a greener shopping experience than traditional retailing. This study explains some of the benefits of the online shopping model.
Reduce Packaging Waste

Amazon has developed a software program that determines the "right-sized" box for any given item to be shipped to a customer, based on that item's dimensions and weight. As a result, the number of packages delivered in a wrong-sized box has decreased dramatically, significantly reducing packaging waste and transportation costs.

In 2009, Amazon launched its Packaging Feedback program, which allows customers to provide direct feedback on the packaging of their order and to upload images of their packages. Their feedback is used to improve product and Amazon packaging. Learn more at

Environmentally Friendly Packaging

Most orders are dispatched in corrugated containers which are produced from 100% recovered fibre content. Once used, these containers are 100% recyclable for use in the manufacture of other paper products.

Green Products on

Our green store ( includes a list of products that customers have selected as the best green products offered by and is the place for customers to discover Amazon's entire green product selection. Customers can easily find products that meet UK environmental rating systems when shopping on