Amazon Under Fire

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Everyone seems to be queuing up to condemn Amazon for one thing or another. Not me.

Submitted: February 18, 2020

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Amazon Under Fire

This morning I was listening to a news programme and once again Amazon was coming under fire. This time it was about their negative impact on the environment, and I have to admit it left me scratching my head.

Firstly, I’ve got to admit that I like Amazon. I know this is not a very acceptable thing to say these days, so shoot me.The fact is that the brainchild of Jeff Bezos has made my life much simpler.

The attack was two-fold. The first, which made no logical sense to me, was about the exhaust fumes from the delivery vehicles. Okay, so maybe a lot of the vans do run on diesel, but not all of them; for instance, one of our post vans is electric. Then, if we were all going off to make our own purchases, sometimes having to travel quite a distance, I think the carbon footprint would be of a lot bigger size.

Speaking for myself, I rarely go any further than the local town now, whereas before I’d go into the city, seven times as far away, at least a couple of times a month.

The second attack was on packaging. I can’t help wondering if those that were making these accusations ever bought anything from Amazon themselves, especially recently. They don’t use plastic inside the boxes now, so that’s got to be a point in their favor. The cardboard itself is obviously recycled, and is much lighter than that of a few years past.

Just this last week, I had an order that did not get delivered but was returned as damaged. Amazon were great to deal with, giving me the choice of a refund to my account or the offer to reorder free of any further charge.

While on the subject of environment, let’s just think about Kindle. I think that was the first supplier of ebooks, and with millions of people now buying them and the millions of titles available, just think how many trees have been saved.

 


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