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Recycling boxes, i.e., cardboard, though better than just throwing it away, is extremely inefficient and costly in terms of energy.
The boxes are RE-PULPED then reconstituted again as paper or cardboard. That is wasteful.
It would so much better just to reuse the boxes as many of us do …
We also reuse boxes when we do returns.
USPS can send them back to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In many cases they will be sending trucks to Amazon EMPTY — to pick up new loads of deliveries. So, this will make those trips more productive.
I cannot see why Amazon and USPS could NOT be able to get this to work. Yes, there will be some initial costs but Amazon will quickly be in the BLACK. Boxes are expensive, even for Amazon.
It is possible that there might be some Amazon customers who are squeamish about having things delivered in USED boxes, though to be fair you never know where a box has been. I have got plenty of Amazon boxes with cuts, tears and stains.
Yes, maybe Amazon could irradiate the returned boxes to appease all.
And, then there is another option. It can be part of your SHIPPING PREFERENCES. Amazon could give you a small DISCOUNT for checking an option saying “Will Accept Reused Boxes”.
I am sure consumer will buy into this. We take the cardboard to be recycled. So, taking it to a post office will not be that different.
I really would like Amazon to think about this.
What do YOU think?
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