Devastating report from ITV about Amazon destroying products
You may not have seen the ITV report describing the methods used by Amazon to destroy a huge number of products every single day.
You can watch it here. Please do watch it.
It's pretty terrible, right?
Especially if you give more than half a hoot about the environment and do your bit to make the world a better place.
Everything we do is guided by our ethics
As a small business, and as individuals, everything we do is guided by our ethics of keeping our environmental impact to the absolute minimum. We reuse everything we can. We don't throw any products away. If we can't sell something (say if the packaging is damaged), we either gift it to our regular customers, or we share it with friends and family. We spend a great deal of our time finding creative ways to reuse almost everything - boxes, packaging, even paper tape is often reused from one box to another. We pick up rubber bands dropped in the street, wash them and reuse them for our Royal Mail postal bags. We do all we can to make sure our business is as good for the environment as it can be.
Which is why it is mind blowing to see one of the biggest corporations in the world with such destructive practices. Each and every product that it sends off for destruction is something that was designed, manufactured, packaged, transported (often around the world) and then destroyed before it even had a chance to be used. It's worse than single use. At least if things had been used, they'd have had a purpose. But to be trashed without ever having been used is the ultimate in waste. A waste of human effort. A waste of life. A waste of the environment. A waste of energy. A waste of resources. A waste of research. A waste of money. A waste of time. A waste of absolutely everything.
Environmentally disastrous consumerism
I'm pretty sure that I actually have a lot more to say about this, but right now, the only answer that I can see is for any suppliers of ethical or sustainable products to push Amazon to be better, and for consumers to be very aware that even if they haven't bought something from Amazon and returned it (it seems that many, but certainly not all, of the products to be destroyed are returned items) that buying from Amazon is adding to the system of fast turnaround, disposable and ultimately environmentally disastrous consumerism which allows for an international business to destroy everything that doesn't have an immediate monetary value for the owners.