I ordered my new 2011 wall calendar for my office from Amazon.com because they had the best price and free shipping. But I thought that free shipping meant “no cost” not “brain free.” Apparently that’s not the case because Amazon sent me my 2011 calendar in a box big enough to ship a flat screen TV. Check it out: When the box arrived via Fed Ex ground, I got excited thinking someone had sent me a large gift…I mean this box was huge, dwarfing my large sized trash and recycle bins… Damn thing is more than half as high as my office front door…But when I opened up the box here is the only item shipped inside it. Come on now, Amazon, what the hell is up with this? Are you people really that thoughtless and lame? Are the people packing stuff during the holiday season already all jacked up on rum cake or have they been dipping into the warehouse’s supply of adult chocolate milk? Wal-Mart’s supply chain management is looking like sheer greenius compared to you guys. What a waste of resources, space and money from a company that’s supposed to be so smart.A look inside the box shows you how mindless whoever put this small flat item inside this gargantuan box is. Just how little do you have to care or be paying attention to make this decision? Did someone from the cardboard box association pay somebody off? Is this just a joke to you guys?Here’s all the paper they had to stuff in the ginormous box to keep the calendar from rattling around inside the behemoth they shipped to my house. Maybe autonomous robot packers are to blame?
Damn it, Amazon. I spend most of my waking hours working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and trying to help people, cities and businesses become more sustainable – and then I have to put up with crap like this from people who aren’t acting responsibly and who should know better. People who have gotten stinking filthy rich and can afford to hire smarter, more caring and more accountable people and put in place more sustainable practices. But instead, Amazon is just part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Nobody has benefited more from Amazon’s success than Jeff Bezos and he’s the one I’m holding responsible for this. The buck stops with Bezos and Jeff needs to step up and make this right.
And one thing’s dead solid for sure. If I got a planet-killing wasteful box like this, how many other customers also did and don’t have a blog to call it to your attention? I’m guessing thousands of them every day.
I know that we’re already past the point of stopping the climate catastrophe that’s fast coming our way, and that this kind of waste is just a tiny drop in the bucket in the big picture, but when you hand deliver the Age of Stupid right to my front door and rub my nose in it I’m not going to suffer silently and I’m not going to stop pointing out what a world class jerk you are for doing it.