Sustainability - Box Campaign

A lot of times when you buy something from Amazon, it comes to your home in a box, right? You take your item out of the box and, if you have a recycling bin, you put the box there so it can be recycled. (Recycling means to make new materials out of old ones.) When old cardboard boxes are recycled, they can be made into lots of things, like paper, cereal boxes, paper towels, and—you guessed it, more thick cardboard.

Amazon has designed boxes so they don't use as much cardboard in the first place. Our team of engineers calculated how much material we could remove from paper boxes, while making sure each delivery arrives undamaged. When our packaging uses less material, weighs less, and is the right size to protect customer orders, we can pack more orders into each delivery, resulting in fewer trips and less fuel burned—which is much better for the environment. We remain focused on meeting The Climate Pledge—our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and become net zero carbon by 2040. (That’s a fancy way of saying that we care a lot about protecting planet Earth.)

We need your help, too! Want to find out how to recycle and dispose of your Amazon packaging? Amazon Second Chance provides information on how to recycle Amazon packaging, and how to trade in, recycle, or repair Amazon and non-Amazon devices and products.

The whole idea behind recycling is to use something as many times as possible so that it doesn't go to waste. You can use boxes for other things before they go in the bin, and that's kind of like recycling, too. In this picture and video, we have some ideas for "recycling" a box into a fort, complete with a drawbridge and a flag.

If you like this project, we have a lot of other ones here for reusing your Amazon boxes before you drop them in the recycling bin—or maybe you'll come up with another idea all your own. Having fun while helping the environment is something we all can feel good about!

Directions on how to create fun projects from your Amazon box

What you'll need:

  • A large cardboard box
  • Marker or crayons
  • Scissors and tape
  • Paper for a flag and decorations
  • A straw, pencil, or stick for your flagpole
  • String for the drawbridge

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.