About a year ago, I committed to STOP buying ANYTHING from Amazon. I hope others join this.
Products in this age of mass consumerism have a MASSIVE detrimental effect on the environment and species all around the world. (see my consumerism post)
Ordering products online has a triple negative impact: 1) Product, 2) Plastic packaging, 3) Transportation/shipping
I know it’s convenient, but people managed before the internet was invented. You can just go out to your local store to buy anything you need. Also challenge yourself to buy LESS. Do you really need that product? If you need something, buy it USED. Try yard sales, neighbors/family/friends, thrift stores, eBAY, Craigslist etc.
I specifically want to emphasize to stop buying from Amazon, because of its:
- Negative environmental policies and impacts
- Widespread labor rights abuses
Please read the two articles below. Amazon has consistently and increasingly engaged in labor abuses (treatment of workers like robots, not giving workers enough break time, low wages, little/no sick time, firing workers easily who don’t keep up to the incredibly high quotas etc.). This treatment has only intensified during the COVID19 pandemic. People typically say they would never buy from a company that has been exposed to have abusive labor practices like child labor or forced labor, but they turn a blind eye when it comes to Amazon. PLEASE educate yourself about Amazon’s labor practices and stop supporting this horrible company. If you order from Amazon, the suffering endured by workers, and the detrimental environmental impacts, are YOUR FAULT.
Amazon Environmental impact: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/13/amazon-workers-fired/
Amazon labor abuses during COVID19: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/14/amazon-workers-fired-coronavirus-emily-cunningham-maren-costa