By Fredrica Syren
We do order a few things such as larger cases or Seventh Generation products (bathroom tissue, cleaning supplies) and baby formula from Amazon. But the amount of packaging that comes with each item — and the fact they sometimes send our formula one can at the time — frustrates us. Shopping at Amazon saves us money but does not save the planet, so we have reconsidered our purchasing there.
We’re so delighted to find they have an option to have your things sent in what they call “frustration free” packaging. According to Amazon.com’s website, this means it is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It’s designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with frustration-free packaging frequently can be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.
To me, this sounded great and just what we had been looking for. Imagine my disappointment when I read an article published on Tree Huggers which described how a tiny SD memory card for a camera that was ordered with frustration free packaging, was delivered in an envelope wrapped in plastic and then packed in a larger box. Why Amazon shipped such a small item inside this huge amount of packaging is very disappointing for sure; however, the article I read was from 2009, so I hoped that maybe Amazon has changed the frustration-free packaging to make it better. To check it out we just ordered two small glasses frustration-free. I can report we did not notice any difference — it still came with lots of garbage and it sure was not frustration free opening the package either. Not good Amazon!!!!