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November 4, 2008

Amazon Reduces Packaging (They Took My Advice)

Category: Companies,Cool Sites,Household,Transportation – Tom Harrison – 6:33 pm

Personally, I take full credit for Amazon’s new “Frustration-Free” packaging, as it was I who came up with a list of environmental suggestions for Amazon this summer. Today they announced a new multi-year initiative. They made a fun video which shows some of the benefits.

In short: all of the incredible packaging created only to make products good for store retail are removed and replaced with packaging optimized for shipping. One point not made in their press release is that this should reduce the number of times that they ship a box within a box, one of my pet peeves!

Is this an environmental effort? A marketing ploy? A cost-savings measure? Yes.

This is a really, really great program, and Amazon should be commended for taking my advice :-)

On the other hand, this is only the beginning, so they currently sell only 19 products with specialized packaging. But it’s a good start, and if you ask me, another nail in the coffin of retail stores.

This effort is part of the Amazon Green program.


  1. Great job, Tom. One person can make a difference!

    Comment by Debra Norvil — November 4, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  2. Hey Tom,

    I did not want to come off as a “Spammer”. After 30 years of taking excessively long showers I invented the Shower Professor. Using my sample product has reduced my shower times from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. Please take a look a my million gallon challenge. The product just came to market last week and 2 units were sold. Please visit

    Thanks for listening!

    Comment by Randy — November 6, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  3. Thanks Randy — I took a look at your site, and it looks like you’re the “real thing” :-) You might want to add a comment to one of my posts on saving money while showering, for example my review of the Evolve Roadrunner Shower Head or several others — they get a lot of traffic.

    Good luck with your shower timer — it looks better and smarter than most.


    Comment by Tom Harrison — November 6, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

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