Single-use plastic delivery bags no longer used by Amazon UK distribution network

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Amazon have completely stopped using single-use plastic delivery bags and envelopes in its distribution network in the UK. This includes items sold by Amazon and third-party selling partners that use Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA).

Customers will now be receiving packages in flexible paper bags and cardboard envelopes instead, which are more easily recyclable in household recycling across the UK, are made with more recycled content, and reduce volume compared to deliveries in corrugated cardboard boxes. Customers will continue to receive larger deliveries in cardboard boxes. Amazon is also increasing the number of products that can be shipped in their original packaging provided by the manufacturer, with only an address label added.

We have made changes in our supply network that enable us to remove single-use plastic delivery bags in the UK, Customers are already receiving more deliveries in easily recyclable paper and cardboard, and we will keep innovating and finding ways to use more sustainable packaging.

– John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon.

Amazon’s packaging programmes encourage vendors to pack their products in easy-to-open material that is 100% recyclable and ready to ship to customers without additional Amazon packaging. The company tests packaging in a dedicated, state-of-the-art lab and in fulfilment centres across the globe to identify specific steps that vendors can take to improve their packaging, and ensure products are protected all the way to the customer’s doorstep. The company is also encouraging third-party sellers who do not use Amazon’s fulfilment network and are responsible for their own packaging choices – to use more sustainable packaging.

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