You’ve got (wasteful) mail!

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 15, 2013
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Via, this is too good not to pass along. We here at elephant are a 1.3 million-strong community—let’s make some needed change. Switch to more sustainable packaging.

Started by: Holly, San Francisco, California

As the world’s largest online retailer, the packaging materials uses to ship their products have a huge impact on the environment. While the company has taken some admirable steps to reduce packaging waste (such as avoiding the use of styrofoam packing peanuts), the bubble wrap mailers they ship many of their products in cannot be recycled.

This means that millions of bubble wrap mailers are ending up in the landfill each year just from Amazon’s items alone. As a leader in online retail, has the power to make a difference by switching over to recyclable padded mailers.  These are cushioned with post-consumer newsprint, contain no plastic, and can be easily recycled in all municipalities or composted.

Not only would this reduce the amount of packaging being landfilled, it would also set an example for other online retailers.

Click here to sign Holly’s petition, “ Switch to more sustainable packaging”.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “You’ve got (wasteful) mail!”

  1. Jen says:

    I purchase items from Amazon (shipped from within the states only) and have only ever received items with 100% recyclable packaging. I think most of the time the boxes are too large for whatever they are sending me, but at least the entire package makes it into the recycle bin. Whatever plastic comes in the boxes always has a recyclable symbol with the # of plastic on it. Am I missing something?