Devices and Sustainability
As part of Amazon’s commitment to The Climate Pledge, we are working to make Amazon devices more sustainable, from how we make them to how customers use them. We complete life cycle assessments to help us understand the environmental impact of each device type and use these learnings to set goals, from using recycled materials to investing in renewable energy. We are building a future in which customers will be able to control their smart homes or read, listen, and watch on their devices, knowing that Amazon is reducing its carbon footprint.
Devices & Sustainability
We are incorporating recycled plastics, fabrics, and metals into many new Amazon devices, giving new life to materials that could otherwise end up in waste streams. The recycled materials used in our devices launching in 2020 could fill over 800 garbage trucks worth of plastics, fabrics, and aluminum.
When it comes to sustainability, we are not just focused on improving our devices, but on their packaging too. We are working to source 100% of the wood fiber in this packaging from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. We’re reducing waste, eliminating over 9 million plastic bags from our device packaging in 2020 alone. Our goal is to make Amazon devices packaging 100% curbside recyclable by 2023. We are also redesigning the shipping package to reduce waste.
Reducing Device Packaging Waste
9 Million Plastic Bags EliminatedWe’re reducing waste, eliminating over 9 million plastic bags from our device packaging in 2020 alone. Our goal is to make Amazon devices packaging 100% curbside recyclable by 2023.
We strive to make our devices energy efficient because it’s good for the planet and our customers. That’s why we’ve added a Low Power Mode feature to select devices that reduces their energy consumption during periods of inactivity over their lifetime. Making our devices more energy efficient is not enough to get to net zero carbon. So, starting in 2020, Amazon is building new wind and solar farms to produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by every customer’s Echo device. We have a bold goal to continue building new renewable energy projects until we account for the energy consumption of all Amazon devices.
Amazon works with energy companies to bring new renewable projects online to produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by our devices. To size these projects, we model and measure the energy consumed by our devices in different types of use, then project their total average global annual electricity consumption. The first new wind and solar farms are expected to come online in 2022 and 2023, and will produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by every customer’s Echo device. Until then, we will invest in renewable energy certificates to support clean energy projects, matching the quantity of electricity our customers’ Echo devices use until the new projects come online. The first of these wind and solar farms will be located the U.S. Our Amazon renewable energy portfolio is global, and in the coming years we will expand our devices renewable energy portfolio into other regions where our devices are used.
Customers can track and manage the energy consumed by compatible devices in their homes with an energy dashboard, coming soon to the Alexa app. Plus, if Alexa has a Hunch that a customer is away and forgot to turn off a light, Alexa will automatically turn it off—helping customers conserve energy without even thinking about it. Collectively, this can help save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
We build our devices to last, but there may come a time when customers want to trade in or recycle their device. Customers in the U.S. can explore their options with Amazon Second Chance. Eligible devices qualify for an Amazon.com Gift Card equal to the value of the trade-in, plus a discount toward the purchase of a new eligible Amazon device. For devices that are not eligible for trade-in, we offer customers a recycling program for electronic items including Amazon devices and accessories.
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