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Published on March 5th, 2019 | by Erika Clugston


Amazon Day: Less Deliveries, Less Emissions, Less Boxes

March 5th, 2019 by  

Amazon Prime members now have the option to schedule all package deliveries to come together, once a week on a day of your choosing. The “Amazon Day” service is a new, voluntary way to cut down your carbon footprint.

Up until now, if you order multiple items within a week, a delivery truck will make multiple trips to your house within a week to bring you your items. With the Amazon Day service, you can group your deliveries together into one, save on packaging, and cut down on delivery trips and emissions. Just pick your delivery day, and continue adding items to your order up until two days before shipment.

What if you need an item sooner? Just un-select it from your Amazon Day delivery and have it shipped immediately. But when you think about it, we really don’t need most of our online purchases immediately, do we?

The program has been trialing with a select group of Amazon’s members, but has now officially been made available to all Prime members. Maria Renz, Amazon’s vice president of delivery, announced that the Amazon Day pilot program “has already reduced packaging by tens of thousands of boxes.”

As CleanTechnica has reported, Amazon’s goal is for half of its shipments to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Amazon Day program is just one of a few steps the company has taken to meet this goal. Recently Amazon led a $700 million investment in Rivian, an electric truck and SUV startup, and the company has been working on replacing its battery-powered forklifts with hydrogen fuel cell ones.

All of this comes on the heels of a heated call-out from Greenpeace, accusing Amazon of only meeting 12% of its renewable energy commitment. The report also looked at major companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, claiming that none of these companies was meeting their renewable goals. Amazon contradicted Greenpeace’s report, claiming that the numbers were inaccurate. You can read CleanTechnica’s in-depth coverage of the debate here, and in the meantime let’s all reflect on the vast amount of packages being delivered to doorsteps at this very moment. 
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Erika is a writer and artist based in Berlin. She is passionate about sharing stories of climate change and cleantech initiatives worldwide. Whether it’s transforming the fashion, food, or engineering industries, there’s an opportunity and responsibility for us all to do better. In addition to contributing to CleanTechnica, Erika is the Web and Social Media Editor at LOLA Magazine and writes regularly about art and culture.

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