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Illustration of various Amazon products, including clothing, devices, food, and house hold products.

Sustainable Products

From thousands of Amazon-branded products to millions of retail and third-party items sold on Amazon, we are working to reduce the environmental impact of the products we manufacture and provide customers more information about the sustainability attributes associated with the items we sell.
Helping Our Customers Shop More Sustainably
Amazon aims to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, which means giving our customers access to the sustainable products they want. Sustainable products cover a range of attributes intended to preserve the natural world, and we strive to help Amazon customers easily discover and shop products that exceed the environmental benefits of comparable products.

For Amazon-owned Private Brand products and Amazon Devices, we work with many of the manufacturers and suppliers that produce our private-label selection to drive sustainability improvements through materials and ingredients, design, sourcing and manufacturing technology. Our global teams also work closely with suppliers to communicate our human rights standards, and help suppliers build their capacity to provide safe and respectful working environments.
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    Household Goods
    We are working to increase the sustainable attributes across Amazon-owned Private Brand baby, household cleaning, personal care and beauty products.
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    Food and Grocery
    We make it easy for customers to find a range of options like free range, organic and fair trade groceries.
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    Fashion and Apparel
    We partner with suppliers of Amazon-owned Private Brand products to find solutions that promote the use of sustainably-produced fabrics and recycled materials.
  • An illustration of an Amazon Kindle device symbolizing the devices model in Amazon's carbon footprint formula.
    Amazon Devices
    We take a scientific approach to understanding the environmental impact of Amazon Devices, completing detailed life-cycle assessments for many of them.
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Household Goods
Many Amazon customers prioritise safety and sustainability when it comes to household goods like cleaning supplies and personal care products. Customers want to be sure the products they buy are safe for their families and help preserve the planet, without compromising on quality or price.

We are working to increase the sustainable attributes of many of our Private Brand selections, from bio-based laundry and dish soaps that offer an effective, alternative choice to conventional formulas, to beauty products that are formulated without harmful chemicals. As part of that commitment, we implemented a Chemicals Policy and Restricted Substance List (RSL), both of which apply to Amazon-owned baby, household cleaning, personal care, and beauty brands. To support the broader retail sector’s collaborative effort to use safer formulations and produce more sustainable products, Amazon joined the Retail Leadership Council of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3).

We also take an active role in promoting sustainability with our selling partners. For example, we teamed up with Procter & Gamble to develop the Tide Eco-Box, a concentrated version of Tide’s traditional laundry detergent compressed into a fully recyclable, shipping-safe package, which is produced using 60% less plastic and 30% less water than a conventional plastic jug. Countless other Amazon selling partners offer biodegradable and plant-based options for staples like dish detergent and multi-purpose cleaners.
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Food and Grocery
Sustainable food selection means something different to each customer. Across our Amazon food and grocery businesses, we make it easy for customers to find a range of options like free range, organic and fair trade groceries.

As sellers of animal-derived products, we recognise our responsibility to uphold animal welfare within our supply chain. We expect our suppliers to uphold the Five Freedoms framework for animal welfare, including freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, or disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress. We expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and to take a zero-tolerance approach to animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect. We encourage suppliers to continuously improve their animal welfare standards and practices, and to work towards recognised animal welfare certifications or industry guidelines that include welfare provisions.

At Whole Foods Market in the U.S., we sell high quality natural and organic foods. We research ingredients and audit sourcing practices for Whole Foods Private Brand products to make shopping easier for customers. In our meat department, products are free of added hormones or antibiotics, and no cages or tethers are permitted during the animal’s daily life. Our seafood department sources only from responsibly managed fish farms and fisheries. The Whole Trade Guarantee found on produce and other items signifies that a product meets criteria that support both workers and the environment.
At Amazon, we're committed to making it easier for our customers to choose high-quality, sustainable apparel products. We are working to lower the environmental impact of our Amazon-owned Private Brand apparel products and we partner directly with suppliers of these products to find solutions that promote the use of sustainably-produced fabrics and recycled materials. We are starting our work in the U.S. and Europe, and will expand to additional geographies over time.
An illustration of an Amazon Kindle device symbolizing the devices model in Amazon's carbon footprint formula.
Amazon Devices
Amazon Devices make every day easier by helping customers watch, read, listen and control their smart homes. Our most popular devices include Echo and Alexa devices, Fire Tablets, Fire TVs, Kindle e-readers, and home security products. We take a scientific approach to understanding the environmental impact of these devices, completing detailed life-cycle assessments (LCA) for many of them. An LCA is an internationally-accepted methodology for assessing the environmental, human health, and natural resource impacts of products and services.

The results of these assessments help us improve device energy efficiency, research and prototype new materials, and explore additional opportunities to improve the circularity of Amazon devices through programs like Amazon Second Chance, our one-stop shop for Amazon customers to learn how to minimize their impact on the environment through reuse, refurbishing, and recycling. Amazon Second Chance helps customers give new life to their devices and products by providing information on how to trade them in, recycle or repair them. Beyond the positive environmental benefits, customers also can get great deals on pre-owned and refurbished products, and can even receive Amazon gift cards in exchange for device trade-ins.
Materials and Commitments
We are committed to developing high-quality and affordable Amazon-owned Private Brand products that customers love. Part of our commitment to quality is avoiding chemicals of concern in our products that can affect human health and/or the environment. We define chemicals of concern as those chemicals that: (1) meet the criteria for classification as a carcinogen, mutagen, or reproductive or other systemic toxicant; or (2) are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. We strategically prioritise which chemicals of concern to focus on based on product type, customer concerns and the availability of safer alternatives.
Palm Oil
Palm Oil
Palm oil is used extensively as an ingredient in consumer products, however, its cultivation has contributed to deforestation, biodiversity loss, and negative social impacts in some of the regions where it is grown. Our approach is to promote the use of sustainably-certified palm oil in our Private Brand food products and ask our Private Brand suppliers to source palm oil that is sustainably-certified. We are starting with Amazon-owned Private Brand food products in North America and across Europe, where our goal is to source 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2020.
An illustration of a palm oil plant symbolizing Amazon's palm oil policy.
Animal Welfare
Animal Welfare
As sellers of animal-derived products, we recognise our responsibility to uphold animal welfare within our supply chain. We expect our suppliers to uphold the Five Freedoms framework for animal welfare, including freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, or disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress. We expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and to take a zero-tolerance approach to animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect. We encourage suppliers to continuously improve their animal welfare standards and practices, and to work towards recognised animal welfare certifications or industry guidelines that include welfare provisions.
An illustration of a bunny rabbit symbolizing Amazon's animal welfare policy.
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