Amazon showcases its new 100% paper-based packaging system, replacing the use of paper blended with plastic. This solution addresses recycling issues and has already been implemented in the Euclid distribution center in Ohio. Expansion plans include other distribution centers in the near future.
According to Amazon, they have been working on resolving this issue for several years, with dedicated packaging engineers leading the way. The methods used include modifying packaging machinery to accommodate paper materials instead of plastic, designing packages that fit perfectly with the products, utilizing new paper materials that are durable, waterproof, and recyclable, and using paper padding in boxes instead of traditional plastic air pillows.
Amazon’s new technique involves scanning the precise dimensions of the product and using machine learning to design packaging that fits it perfectly. The paper is then sealed together using heat, reducing paper usage by up to 90% compared to traditional cardboard boxes (watch the accompanying video for reference).
As for plastic air pillows, the difficulty lies in their recyclability. Customers had to deflate them and send them to plastic recycling centers, which was inconvenient. Amazon has now switched to using paper stuffing in boxes instead, which is already recyclable and easier to recycle again.
TLDR: Amazon has introduced a new paper-based packaging system, replacing plastic-blended paper. It solves recycling issues and has already been implemented in one distribution center, with plans for expansion. Amazon’s approach includes modifying machinery, designing perfectly fitting packages, using durable and recyclable paper materials, and replacing plastic air pillows with paper stuffing. This initiative aims to reduce paper usage by up to 90% and improve recyclability.