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Enabling Sustainability for Our Customers
Amazon has set ambitious goals to make our business more sustainable on behalf of customers. Part of our commitment to both sustainability and customers includes making it easier for everyone to participate in making a positive impact on the planet and society.

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Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
Find out how to recycle your Amazon packaging by checking out the Amazon Second Chance site.
  • Amazon Warehouse
    Amazon Warehouse – an online store for great deals on quality used products including furniture, toys, instruments, kitchen appliances, clothes and more – has an extensive inspection process ensuring that as many gently-used returned items as possible can be resold rather than being sent to landfill.
  • Amazon Renewed
    Amazon Renewed offers refurbished, pre-owned and open-box products such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, cameras, audio devices, home appliances and more.
  • Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices
    Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices provides customers access to pre-owned Amazon devices such as Echo, Fire Tablets, Kindle E-readers and more. Certified Refurbished devices have been refurbished, tested and internally certified by Amazon to look and work like new.
  • WEEE Takeback
    Across Europe, look for the WEEE symbol on devices, which denotes Electronic and Electrical Equipment eligible for takeback under the WEEE Directive. Amazon facilitates recycling of these items, ensuring that they are disposed of properly. You can check the Amazon Second Chance website to find a recycling centre near you.
Packaging and Products
We are redesigning packaging to reduce waste and making our private-label products and devices in responsible ways.
  • We work to reinvent and simplify our sustainable packaging options using a science-based approach that combines lab testing, machine learning, materials science and manufacturing partnerships to scale sustainable change across the packaging supply chain.
  • 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.
Saving Energy and Water
If you want to join us in reducing your environmental footprint, here are a few easy ways to get started.
  • Amazon Home Services
    Install a smart thermostat through Amazon Home Services. Smart home thermostats can help reduce heating and cooling energy use by adjusting the temperature by a few degrees depending on the time of day and whether or not anyone is home. Amazon Home Services professionals can also help keep your home appliances in good working condition. They can take care of heating furnace and water heater maintenance or install a low-flow showerhead for you.
  • Environmentally Efficient Products
    On devices, look for the WEEE symbol, which denotes Electronic and Electrical Equipment eligible for takeback under the WEEE Directive. Amazon facilitates recycling of these items, ensuring that they are disposed of properly. You can check our website to find a recycling centre near you.
  • Reduce the Carbon Emissions of Your Travel
    You can use your Echo device to find the closest bikeshare rental by saying “Alexa, open TransportMe”. Another Alexa skill, Evie Assistant, will help you find the location of the nearest electric vehicle charging station (say “Alexa, open Evie Assistant”). And you can even get an electric vehicle charging station installed at your house using Amazon Home Services’ network of installation professionals in the U.S.
  • Save Energy or Water at Home
    Echo devices can make it easier to save energy or water at home. You can use Alexa-enabled LEDs and smart plugs to turn off plugged appliances and devices when you aren’t using them. Alexa skills can also make it fun and easy to save energy. For example, you can say “Alexa, open Shower Buddy” to time your showers and use less water, or say “Alexa, open Cool My House” to reduce energy consumption.
AmazonSmile
Shop with AmazonSmile and choose from over a million charities to support.
  • $183 Million
    As of June 2020, AmazonSmile has donated more than $183 million USD to charities thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com.
Support Artisans and Women Entrepreneurs
  • In Europe and North America, Amazon Handmade offers handcrafted artisan goods from around the world.
  • In India, Amazon Saheli offers a wide selection of unique regional products by women entrepreneurs across clothing, accessories, office, home and kitchen.
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