Hey, Amazon, take your packaging away

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My recycling bin is normally overflowing with Amazon packaging. The amount of cardboard boxes and brown paper that builds up in the two weeks between bin collections is a worrying sign of how much stuff I buy from Amazon! But it's also a troubling sign of these e-commerce times.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not demonising Amazon here. I love Amazon (they know that). And I know they continue to pursue waste reduction initiatives – such as their Frustration-Free Packaging; shipping products in their own packages without additional shipping boxes, and seeking to eliminate hard plastic 'clamshell' cases and the plastic-coated wire ties commonly used in toy packaging. 

I guess sometimes packaging is a necessary evil. But I think they should go a step further.

Instead of recycling, I think they should re-use their packaging.

So, when my next Amazon package arrives (probably today), I hand the delivery person all my previous Amazon packaging – cardboard and paper. I'll do my bit by flattening the boxes and removing the labels. I reckon each box could get four or five uses or more before needing to be broken down and recycled. Imagine how much waste would be reduced (and how much more space you'd have in your recycling bin every fortnight). Even at the office, there could be a collection point just for Amazon packaging.

And if Amazon, one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world, takes the lead maybe others will follow.

So, Amazon, take your packaging away with you. Please?

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