Amazon is dominating the online retail space and rapidly expanding across industries. In fact, Amazon is the largest US retailer of apparel. While Amazon is full of deals, those deals come at a big cost to people and the planet.
Why is Amazon bad?
- Amazon's net profits increased by 84% according to Forbes, and it made over $20 billion in profits last year, but it is not paying workers hazard pay during the pandemic. And, Amazon worked relentlessly to stop workers from exercising their basic right to a union.
- Amazon's carbon footprint INCREASED by 15% in 2019 and is equal to the entire country of Norway's!
- Injury rates at Amazon facilities are reportedly double that of the industry average. And, Amazon workers sustained more than 24,000 serious injuries in 2020, according to the Strategic Organizing Center.
- Amazon has a history of selling unsafe products to consumers. Consumers have reported products exploding, catching on fire, or melting. Children's toys listed on Amazon have been found to have way over the legal limit of lead.
- Amazon does not have a public chemical management policy for apparel, meaning there could be harmful chemicals in the clothing purchased from Amazon.
Amazon relies on customers to generate its enormous profits, so as consumers, we can have real influence on this corporation. Due to consumer, investor, and worker pressure, Amazon has committed to being powered by 100% renewables by 2025 - consumer action works!
Read more reasons why to pass on shopping from Amazon, how Amazon violates human rights, and 5 reasons to skip Amazon electronics.
Together, we can hold this massive corporation accountable!
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Contact Amazon directly to raise your concerns! You can call Amazon at (888) 280-4331 or write a letter to the company. It may be challenging to get ahold of a person when calling Amazon, but if you reach someone, have the reasons for why you are calling ready and feel free to pull from the list above or any of Green America's resources!
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