Amazon devices and services are a part of everyday life for millions of customers around the world. Our devices inform, entertain, and connect our customers, and we’re working hard to make them more sustainable. That includes helping customers reduce their impact on the environment through our products and services.
We incorporate recycled materials into many new Amazon devices.
In 2021, we launched several Echo, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Kindle, and Smart Home devices and accessories that include up to 60% recycled molded plastic, up to 100% recycled fabrics, up to 100% recycled aluminum, and up to 70% recycled magnesium, depending on the product. We also incorporated 50% recycled plastic into certain power adapters that ship with our devices.
To advance the move to safer chemistry, we joined ChemFORWARD as a co-design partner. Through this partnership, we’re collaborating with industry peers to proactively identify harmful chemicals and safer alternatives ahead of regulations.
In 2020, we committed to making Amazon device packaging 100% recyclable by 2023.
Additionally, we’re working to source 100% of the wood fiber in our packaging from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
For new Echo, Fire TV Stick, Fire Tablet, and Kindle Paperwhite devices launched in 2021, 94%–98% of the packaging is made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources, depending on the product.
In 2020, Amazon became the first consumer electronics company to commit to addressing the electricity used by our devices through renewable energy development, starting with our Echo devices.
We’re making investments in additional wind and solar farm capacity that, by 2025, will be equal to the energy use of Echo, Fire TV, and Ring devices worldwide.
To accompany our investments in renewable energy, we continue to make our devices more energy efficient. We have been rolling out Low Power Mode to new devices, as well as to older devices already in customers’ homes. By the end of 2021, over 50% of all Echo and Fire TV devices in customers’ homes had Low Power Mode.
We’re making it easier for customers in the U.S. to understand their home energy use with the Alexa energy dashboard.
The dashboard tracks the estimated usage of select Alexa-connected devices that tend to have the biggest impact on their home’s energy usage like thermostats and water heaters. Alexa can also let customers know when the CO2 emissions associated with the electricity generated in their area are lower so that they can decide when it may be better to perform more energy-intensive activities like laundry and dishwashing.
Customers can also enable Alexa to help them conserve energy with Hunches. For example, if Alexa has a Hunch that a customer is away and forgot to turn off a light, Alexa can automatically turn it off, helping customers save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
In early 2022, we published a paper called Decarbonizing and Neutralizing the Use Phase of Connected Devices. The paper focuses on how we’re integrating carbon-reduction strategies across the use phase of our devices.
We invite other companies and manufacturers to join the mission of driving to a net-zero carbon use phase.