Amazon has done a small thing to reduce its packaging footprint with the testing of the new Amazon Tote.
I have always wondered about the environmental issues surrounding all of the stuff we order on line. It certainly is convenient, but doesn’t it feel as if you are using more energy when everything is delivered right to your door?
Intuitively it has always felt like we were using a lot more distribution center electricity, FedEx jet fuel and diesel truck fuel, and creating much more packaging waste for each of my orders from Amazon, than it might if I simply went to the local book store. And certainly a lot more than using a Kindle, iPad, or your local library.
In addition to the tote itself, Amazon is shifting the distribution method to something more like the bag used for your home delivery of dry cleaning. The tote is filled and delivered to your door once a week. You can then put it back on your doorstep for pickup, or keep it for reuse at home.
It will be interesting to see if this test is expanded outside its Seattle test area.