Amazon are removing plastic air pillows from their European fulfilment network, including for items sold directly by Amazon, and by third-party selling partners who ship their products using FBA.
Amazon have been making changes that remove single use plastics from their fulfilment networks around the world. In March this year Amazon stopped using single-use plastic delivery bags and envelopes in the UK.
Instead of plastic air pillows, items will now be packed with 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packing paper, known as dunnage, which is designed to prevent movement within boxes and keep items safe.
Packaging that is easy to recycle is important to customers and important to us, Ending the use of plastic air pillows is just another step towards packaging that can easily be added to our customers’ household recycling.– Olivier Pellegrini, Director of Customer Delivery Experience, Amazon
Since 2015, Amazon has reduced the weight of outbound packaging per shipment by more than 36% and eliminated more than 1 million tonnes of packaging material, the equivalent of two billion shipping boxes.
Amazon’s packaging programs encourage vendors to package their products in easy-to-open packaging 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 therefore are responsible for their own packaging choices – to use more sustainable packaging.