Sustainable products from Amazon
Amazon strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, which means giving our customers access to the sustainable products they want. We regularly seek ways to reduce our environmental impact and provide more information about the products we sell.
When we call a product sustainable, that means it has a lower impact on the environment, reduces waste, promotes consumer health, protects animal welfare, or has social benefits over conventional versions of the same products. We work with many of the manufacturers that produce our private-label selection to grow these types of product offerings. We focus on every step of the process: the ingredients and materials, how the people behind the products are treated, the packaging, and the experience for customers.
Many Amazon customers prioritize safety and sustainability when it comes to household goods like cleaning supplies and personal care products. Customers want to be sure the products they buy are safe for their families and the planet, without compromising on quality or price.
Thousands of sustainable options, from established brands to growing startups, are available in Amazon’s stores and we take an active role in promoting sustainability with these selling partners. For example, we teamed up with Procter & Gamble to develop the Tide Eco-Box, a concentrated version of Tide’s traditional laundry detergent compressed into a fully recyclable, shipping-safe package, which is produced using 60% less plastic and 30% less water than a conventional plastic jug. Countless other Amazon selling partners offer biodegradable and plant-based options for staples like dish detergent and multi-purpose cleaners.
Amazon aims to develop eco-friendly products that are good for customers and the planet. From biobased laundry and dish soaps that offer an effective, alternative choice to conventional formulas, to beauty products that are formulated without harmful chemicals, Amazon is working to bring sustainability into many of our private-label selections. As part of that commitment, Amazon has implemented a Chemicals Policy and Restricted Substance List (RSL), both of which apply to Amazon-owned baby, household cleaning, personal care, and beauty brands.
And to support the broader retail sector’s collaborative effort to encourage national brands to use safer formulations and produce more sustainable products, Amazon joined the Retail Leadership Council of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), and also participates in the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Project through The Sustainability Consortium.
Food and grocery
Across our Amazon food and grocery businesses, we make it easy for customers to find a range of quality food options like free range, pasture-fed, organic, and fair trade groceries.
We are committed to upholding animal welfare across every step of our supply chain to ensure the animal products we sell are derived from animals that receive industry leading levels of care and treatment. Our Animal Welfare Policy provides guidance for producers and suppliers of animal-derived goods and services during production, transport, and slaughter. We are working with our private-label manufacturers to source palm oil that is sustainably certified, starting with private-label food products in North America and Europe.
At Whole Foods Market, we sell high quality natural and organic foods. We research ingredients and audit sourcing practices to make shopping easier for customers. In our meat department, Whole Foods Market standards prohibit antibiotics and added hormones, and no cages, crates, or tethers are permitted during the animal’s daily life. Our seafood department sources only sustainable wild-caught and Responsibly Farmed seafood. The Whole Foods Market Whole Trade seal, found on produce and other items, means a product must meet criteria that support both workers and the environment.
Amazon devices make every day easier by helping customers watch, read, listen, and control their smart homes. Our most popular devices include Echo and Alexa devices, Fire Tablets, Fire TVs, Kindle e-readers, and home security products (Ring, Blink, etc.). We take a scientific approach to understanding the environmental impact of these devices, completing detailed life-cycle assessments (LCAs) for many of them. LCA is an internationally-accepted methodology for assessing the environmental, human health, and natural resource impacts of products and services.
An LCA takes inflows from nature—raw materials, water, energy—and converts them into the process outputs and environmental impacts—releases to air, land, and water—for all processes that represent over 5% of total impact, energy use, or product mass. We use LCA to identify science-based environmental impacts across raw materials extraction, manufacturing, transportation, product use, and product end-of-life. These results help us improve device energy efficiency, research and prototype new materials, and explore additional opportunities to improve the circularity of Amazon devices through programs like Amazon Trade-In and Amazon Device Recycling.
Amazon brands offer home goods and apparel, including men’s and women’s fashion, bedding, and baby accessories. We aim to use high-quality, sustainable cotton for many categories, and have joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
Additionally, in 2019 we signed the Responsible Sourcing Network’s public Cotton Pledge, committing not to source cotton from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan until the use of government-mandated forced labor is stopped.
We are continuing to refine and strengthen our commitments to responsible sourcing. In the future, we will expand our Restricted Substance List to include additional brands, product categories, and geographies. We will work to further develop sustainable products that customers can trust are safe for their families and for the planet.