Founder, CEO, and president of Amazon, Jeff Bezos recently made claims that Amazon would pledge $2 billion on a green energy climate change fund. But Jeff Bezos pledge was never intended to include product returns. The Climate Pledge was founded on September 19, 2019, by Amazon, Global Optimism, Verizon, Reckitt Benckiser, and Infosys. Their goal is to be net zero by 2040, almost ten year ahead of the Paris Agreements target.
Jeff Bezos claims Amazon will be net zero by 2025, five years ahead of their original schedule are false, they lack a serious and fundamental part of doing business online or in stores. Product returns.
Amazon is singlehandedly responsible for billions of tons of product returns being sent to landfills around the world. Amazon’s cost basis analysis of a perfectly good product being returned, refurnished and restocked shows less dollars would be lost by simply throwing them out in the trash. In fact, there is a whopping 5 billion tons in products said to be sent to landfills by all of the major retailers combined each year.
Want proof. In a recent CBC/Radio-Canada investigation, they bought multiple products from Amazon, then returned them with tracking chips inside each of them. Each item was tracked to multiple locations, in some cases back and forth to the same locations, before they eventually ended up in a product recycling center based on the type of material being thrown out.
Millions of miles are logged each year by non-Amazon employees in order to get your returns to the landfill they belong in. Miles that Amazon knows about, and that are intentionally not included in Amazon’s Climate Pledge. Those miles exceed the number of miles involved in the delivery process of a product, to your doorstep, by 5:1. So, the answer is yes, Amazon has made false claims that it’s ahead of schedule for being 100% renewable by 2025. They Simple can’t, and undoubtedly will never be able to. Just think about it. Think about the number of miles involved in returning an item you simply didn’t like, so you returned it for a full refund. All the while you’re thinking it’s going back to be inspected, refurbished, and returned to the shelves for resale, but it’s not.
So, my question to you is: If you knew your perfectly good return would end up in a landfill, would you have returned it anyway? Or, would you do something else, like stop doing business with Amazon altogether? I know what I did, and I want to to what you would do?