Zero Waste Amazon Orders - A How To + Tips & Tricks

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Amazon Customer Service - [email protected] *ask them to make a note in your account to avoid plastic packaging or avoid extra packaging when possible. Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Service - /> Find your closest thin plastic recycling drop off - /> Amazon's Give Back Box - /> MY AMAZON FAVORITES: ▸Natural/Compostable Dish Brush - />▸Reusable Produce Bags - />▸Reusable Stasher Bags - />▸Bamboo Tooth Brush - />▸Plastic Free Klean Kanteen - />▸Refillable Fountain Pen - />▸KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup - />▸Glass Meal Prep Containers - />▸Plant Growing Pencils - />▸Bamboo/Charcoal Odor Absorber - />▸Stainless Steel Bento Tiffin - />▸Reusable Pads - />▸Eco Nuts Laundry Soap - />▸Safety Razor - /> Special Thanks to The Green Indy Blog where I first found some of this info a while back /> Create the Peace ☮ ============================================= ⇨ FIND ME ON OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: I N S T A G R A M : Shelbizleee ( />S N A P C H A T : @Shelbizleee T W I T T E R : Shelbizleee ( />F A C E B O O K: ( />Y O U N O W : @ Shelbizleee ( />P I N T E R E S T : ( /> ============================================= ⇨ COMPANIES I LOVE --▸ Plant Trees while you search with Ecosia - IT'S FREE! /> --▸ Get 20% off a Compostable Pela Phone Case /> --▸ Get $10 off Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper /> --▸ Get 10% off Native Deodorant + FREE SHIPPING with code "SHELBIZLEE" /> --▸ Get $40 towards your first AirBnB /> ============================================= ⇨ S E N D M E M A I L: Shelbizleee PO Box 80071 Austin, TX 78708-0071 ============================================= ⇨ LIGHTING I USE: />⇨ CAMERA I USE: />⇨ SOUND EQUIPMENT: /> =========================================== CHECK OUT THE STORY OF STUFF HERE: /> THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: /> ========================================== ⇨ SIGN UP FOR MY EMAIL LIST: /> For business inquiries: [email protected]

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SOME OF MY AMAZON FAVORITES: ▸Natural/Compostable Dish Brush - ▸Reusable Produce Bags - ▸Reusable Stasher Bags - ▸Bamboo Tooth Brush - ▸Plastic Free Klean Kanteen - ▸Refillable Fountain Pen - ▸KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup - ▸Glass Meal Prep Containers - ▸Plant Growing Pencils - ▸Bamboo/Charcoal Odor Absorber - ▸Stainless Steel Bento Tiffin - ▸Reusable Pads - ▸Eco Nuts Laundry Soap - ▸Safety Razor -
A person working towards zero waste that loves Amazon??? It's not that deep, but I am a fan of affordable zero waste swaps (:
PetCat Rio
I once complained about those little white styrofoam-y looking package fillers and was informed that (this particular company) they were made from corn. You can put them in your sink, add water and they ‘melt’ into nothing. Found warm to hot water worked the best. 👍. Beats those air pillows or bubble wrap.
Stepha Letty
You can use your amazon boxes to ship out anything you are shipping. My son ships boxes out all the time using boxes that have come to our house from ebay or amazon
I also wonder what the environmental difference is buying an item online versus in store. Because if you buy an item in store you might have to drive there, the store itself uses resources to stay open, the store might have to have a bathroom, and the store itself might have a lot more waste as well. If you order online the fulfillment centre probably doesn't have to have the same resources as a store people go visit, so the centre might have less heating, less cleaning products, less waste for displays etc etc. I'm not sure if I'm explaining it right but is an interesting thought.
Cameron Buras
Dude you have really changed my perception of how we live. I am really gonna start working on being more waste free. Thank you for all your videos!
Thanks! Wish I had thought about this before Christmas... we were left with a bunch of those little air bag things from all our orders, which my kids loved to play with, but eventually ended up in the recycling bin. In future, I'll ask them to just use crumpled up paper or something instead. :)
KC Johnston
You can also buy used things on amazon! Like books and what not
Agathe Power
Thanks for all this information - it is really good to know if I ever have to buy from amazon again. However, I will still try to avoid it, and that is because of ethical reasons. From all I know, Amazon just has really terrible working conditions in the packaging centres etc. So I'd rather order directly from the company I'm buying from or use online-marketplaces that are ethical (and support ethical companies!) For people in Europe, especially Germany, I would really recommend - tons of small businesses that are environmentally friendly/ethical etc
I am having a 20s theme prom and I want a 20s dress, but I haven't been able to find any at thrift stores and vintage stores are super expensive for that old of dresses. I could order a 20s style dress off Amazon for like 20$ but I'd rather thrift. Any tips?
Ivana Murphy
I just started collecting all the weekly newspaper and my Amazon boxes to recycle then once a year!!! I loved this video
Fauna Friendly
Ok this video is great. I've been loving your content recently! I know you used to (still might) get people who complain that you don't do dumpster diving videos enough but honestly I'm way more into this content because it's interesting, informative, and new. I came for the dumpster diving but definitely here to stay for the environmental information!
Taylors on a Journey
I sell stuff on eBay and I reuse my Amazon boxes to package my eBay sales. I just cut the boxes to fit the item and put the outside part of the box on the inside of my new made box so the Amazon labels don't show! I do this with other boxes as well but mostly Amazon boxes.
Kim Lee Carroll
I love shopping at Amazon. I even let my gkids pick out their own gift's from there.
Sarah Portelli
I avoid Amazon at all costs. It doesn't sit well with me to support a company that has 10% of its employees on food stamps. Yeah there's a bunch of stuff on there that's great but it usually can be found elsewhere.
Laura Kleimann
Thanks for another super informative video! I didn't know most of it. Now I'll just have to figure out whether they do all of this in Germany as well. I just find the website very overwhelming and not easy to navigate. And if course you're an Aquarius, we're just the coolest sign ;)
Your lip and hoodie combo is amazing!
This is super helpful. I shop a lot on amazon and have always wondered how I could avoid these sorts of things. Especially when I used to get a giant box full of plastic pillows and a teeny item.
Jody B
You shared tips here that I have NEVER heard in any other YouTube video. Thanks so much. I'm especially jazzed about the GiveBackBox. Wish I had known about this sooner. Thanks for the great info!
Justice Mos
I've been seeing alot of comments saying Amazon treats employees terrible, but I know a good amount of people who work for Amazon and love it. Starting pay $15 an hour and they quickly got raises. One of my friends gets $21 an hour after only working with them 1 year. Sure they may not be a business to make a living, it is a job for teenagers or other people. Amazon is a great way to get things you couldn't otherwise get. Sorry for the long comment but I needed to inform people that Amazon is not terrible to the employees.
I think you should address amazon business practices and all of the scandals that have came out. I'm glad they won't put plastic wrapping in their parcels but their drivers sleep in tents and often drive long distances without any sleep endangering the lives of other people as well as themselves. The company doesn't pay their taxes and treats their workers inhumanly so I don't really see how you can be such a massive amazon fan.
Grey Heart
The way Amazon treats their warehouse employees is completely inhumane.
Melody Conroy
You can also be an amazon affiliate. You can get money from them just by linking people to their website.
I think what is missing from this video is the idea that part of being on a zero-waste journey is not spending money wherever possible and using what you already have. For example, if you have plastic toothbrushes at home, use them until they have expired. When they have expired for dental health hygiene purposes, you can repurpose them for household cleaning instead. Buying a compostable toothbrush just because you don't like the plastic option in front of you isn't reducing waste and I think that's an important point to make. One a different note, when it comes to plastic packaging & boxes, another way to pass it on is to someone on Often people are looking for packaging and boxes because they are moving and when they are done with those materials, it is common for them to repost them on Freecycle for someone else to use. Lastly, another resource is TerraCycle. They are a for-profit company who upcycles waste. You can pay for a box to put your waste into that would otherwise go to landfill. TerraCycle will upcycle your waste into items that are useful for other people. Of the businesses that I choose to support, this one is one I certainly would recommend. I hope this info proves helpful. :-)
Stepha Letty
Ok I shoukd watch all the video before commenting 🤣
Samantha Davis
This was super helpful! I love being able to buy stuff on amazon but I always felt terrible about getting those plastic pillow things. I just sent the email for them to add the note to avoid extra packaging to my account and I had no idea that amazon had a frustration free packaging page so that’s cool too.
Katia Djaoued
Love your videos I try really hard to reduce my waste but sometimes i have a really hard time figuring out how to I have a question tho. Where I live glass is not recycled (unless it is a bottle containing a drink) so when i buy things like pasta sauces, or condiments, etc I am left with the dilemma of buying a glass container that i have to put in the trash or a plastic one that i can recycle and i have no clue what option is better
Jessica Patrick
Hi Shelby! Im not sure if youve ever used lush products but I worked for them before and there packaging peanuts that they used were plant based I believe made from potetos. You could put them in the sink and they would dissolve, you could put them on top of plants and when watered the nutrients would go to the plant, you could compost them, and you could reuse them. Maybe throw the idea out there to Amazon!
Rikiesha Ward
Thank you for this video, you definitely changed my perception about amazon. I have prime and have not ordered anything. I probably will now. I know you live in Austin, do you do any zero waste events? To spread the zero waste message.
Thanks for the informative video, also you are very beautiful : )
Ilana Trombly
Wow! Thanks so much for this! I live in an area where access to things is a real issue. I love your thoughts and strategies and will try and incorporate them!
Hiral Arora
I don't think these options are available in India. I have emailed them to inquire about it though. I had no idea this existed! Thanks a lot for this video, I have not seen this type of content elsewhere yet and people need to talk about it more!
Jennifer Schmidt
This has been on my mind lately. Thank you for sharing such a realistic, pragmatic perspective!
Thanks for actual practical advice! I'm sick of people who live in big cities like LA shaming people for using websites like amazon, they don't seem to realise that most of us have limited options when it comes to shopping.
This is probably the most informative and helpful zero waste video I have watched so far and i've been on this journey about a year now.
YESSSS!!! I've been waiting for you to do this video since you mentioned it a few weeks ago! So excited to ensure that my amazon packages are as waste-free as possible! Thanks, Shelbi for another great video :)
Viv *
I love your channel soo much! I am a vegan so I can relate and I really should try more to be a minimalist. Your vids are so helpful.🌿❤️
That intro of you collecting the package is so cute. Also your hair looks 10/10.
jeff hayward
Do you have to pay the shipping when using your amazon box to donate in wanted household items?
When I bought my first bamboo toothbrush at a supermarket here in Germany I also didn´t understand why there was plastic around it. Later I found out that it was recyclable plastic made out of cornstarch.
Sasha gerelen
Huh this is so cool I would never have known
The Plant Eaters
Such GREAT INFO!!! So glad I found you! Our life is naturally progressing into zero waste and I really like ordering from Amazon. So this is super helpful!!
living unjaded
These were such helpful tips! I still order from Amazon too so I'm definitely going to ask them to put a note on my account!
Thank you so much for this video. I do use Amazon but now as a zero waster and ethical person it has been enlightening to hear how Amazon and I can work together to reduce and reuse packaging. Very well presented and added to my favourites. I will watch a couple more of your posts and consider subscribing . Thanks again.
little lady
I love how you can email Amazon. I never knew this. I also love extended shipping. If you forgot an item or two they will automatically add it to your order until it ships.
The Home Plate Special
great job on the video!
Derya Johnson
Thank you 🙏🏼❤
Tina Marie
You’re amazing!!! Thank you so much for your videos!!
rowan orre
thank you so much for this!
yall, if you want a bamboo tooth brush, defenitely check out Mable. it is packaged completely plastic-free, 100% biodegradable, are on amazon and they can stand on their own (sanitary!) and even have kids sizes.
Reece W.
Thank you for these tips! I never knew these options existed and will be sure to do this from now on! ❤
Hayley Byrne
My mum has an Etsy/instagram shop so all of the packaging gets reused for that! So handy. 💕
Heather Harris
First time watching a video on your channel, and omg you are beautiful! Make up routine please!!
Barbara Shirland
GREAT ideas in this video. I love Amazon too! I’m going to order from your list. Thanks!
Doe eyed beauty
I'm so happy you made this video. I've been wondering about Amazon for a while.
I wonder if Ebay would do the same... I do buy from them occasionally, and the packaging is awful... :(
Sustainable Leo
Awesome! Very informative. Definitely going to do this from now on. Thanks Shelbi 😊
Brittany Bower
Yes I love amazon!
M.I.A. K
Omg your videos give me life!! So freaking resourceful I love it💜
Valerie Cintron
omg thank you for this video and explanation
j h
Hmmm I love Amazon also but 99% of the time, they ignore my request to lump my order :(
I've never heard of the give back box, that is amazing
It would be great if Amazon and all other stores and sellers everywhere would have an option at check out that you can check a box for an environment friendly packaging option.
Country Michigan Mama
I looooove amazon - you can get stuff cheaper and my grandma and i split the cost of prime so its free shipping :)
I was wondering how to cut back in packaging with Amazon! Thank you!
Karen Murphy
Thanks 4 All that n this video and All!!!
Candace S.
Lots of great information! Thank you for sharing this!
Iselin Haga Lind Johannessen
I`ve bought some zero waste items at ebay and etsy. I live at home and don`t have a lot of money (I`m 17), so I`m not zero waste yet, but I`m trying. I can`t afford the expensive items we have here in Norway, so I kind of "havet to" buy stuff online if I want to minimize my waste even a little bit :/ Norway is not the best place to go zero waste because we barely have bulk shops, and they are usually really expensive. Kind of sad, but it`s better to try than to give up! :)
Francise Rodriguez
Have you heard of therefillrevolution? I found them on Instagram and they seem like an amazing company! You should check them out and maybe do a video on them since you do have more experience than I would (-:
Carley Halatsis
This is a great video! I love the give back box idea and I’m going to email amazon to request less plastic in my packaging. Thank you!
Oh my goodness thank you for all of these tips!!!
I also love amazon though I am trying to limit my spending to nothing unless I absolutely need it (being broke really helps haha) but yes I always always reuse the packaging I've always done that whenever I have brought anything online not just amazon. Why spend money when we already have it. However ethically there are some issues with Amazons practices so I would prefer using alternatives eventually. By the way do you use etsy? Its basically mainly a site for personalised small businesses and so much great eco friendly shops there
Angela Black
Shelves since you do the dumpster diving at Ulta question what eyeshadow stays on longest without a primer ? I have looked at all the brands and I understand better ingredients and such but it seems outrageous for them to charge 20 dollars for 1 eyeshadow?
Angela Black
Daughter loves Amazon , I do for certain things. I think they should make shampoo and liquid soaps in recycle able containers where you could just refill. I tend to repurpose the bottles
Angela Black
I recycle the little puffs into little bags that I line either film or my diabetes strip containers to keep beads or sequins that I use for crafts. A lap you can stash them in shoes and boots to keep their forms. That way they don’t put it in the recycle thing. I also reuse to ship if it is my daughter. Also instead of buying gloves you can use them. Like if you dye your hair. Or you can cut in strips and crochet them into coasters.
Lisa -
why am i watching this? i have no acces to amazon..
Emily Swafford
I love this and these were my exact thoughts. I kept hearing it defeated the purpose in buying zero waste purchases, but I didn’t think so if I only have to buy it once! Thanks! Subscribed.
Maricela Gonzalez
Thank you for posting this. I dont have a prime account but i use my bfs and he gets stuff from there often so i decided to share this with him. Ive been thinking about committing to only buying thrifted clothing for a year if possible (shoes are optional, but if i need underwear/socks those will be new). I dont do new years resolutions since i dont believe in that but its a good time to start since itll be easier to keep track of. Ive been thinking of what my actions mean and how they affect others. Why is most of our clothes imported? Why does it fall apart after a few uses? Why isnt there more transparency when it comes to manufacturing the stuff we use/consume? Therefore if it was good enough to make it into a thrift store, then it must be of ok or decent quality to use until it loses its purpose. Im not supporting the questionable ethics of manufacturing brands as much, im saving money and giving to those in need (yes i know goodwill and salvation have certain beliefs im not entirely ok with but im limited in access to other stores and helping others is still helping others). I was wondering if you could do another thrift segment and give your opinion on major clothing brands and why we should be more aware of fast fashion. I completely understand the struggle of finding larger sizes that are appealing at thrift stores, how that leads you to rely on buying from manufacturers that carry bigger sizes. Thank you for providing these resources, youre doing something good.
Kelly Hinnebusch
This has been SO HELPFUL
Priscilla Merrow
That's amazing I had no clue you could get less packaging. I love Amazon and really try not to order mulitiple times but have a list. Thank you.
day-z doo
Love this video so so much!!! Thank you for teaching us all about these options that people wouldn't usually know anything about! :))) Youre so amazing! 💜 so much love
Polette T
People would give you shit because you like amazon even though you’re treat the environment better than 97% of people???
Germany is big on recycling and the waste company will actually charge you more if they find to much recyclables (plastic, glass, paper, electronics...). We go to the paper recycling bin about once a month, plastic is picked up weekly at our house etc. My dad has paper, biodegradable, plastic and ‘normal’waste bins in his house. American recycling or non recycling really baffles me.
I didn't know these things about Amazon. Will be trying! Thanks Shelbi!
Rachel Ny
A mistake I had been making recently is putting non-stretchy plastic in with plastic film. These drop-offs typically recycle only stretchy plastic; just something for people to keep in mind!
Love the camera/lighting in this video<3
Kara Medina
Thanks so much for this video!
How do you deal with trash? While watching this video I realized that really the only waste you make is your food and I know you compost... like do you have trash bins in your house or mostly recycling bins 🤔 super curious!! :))) ❤️
Simply Bri Graham
I love your channel:)
I've never heard about these options before and really glad I watched!! Thank you so much :)
Bella Shore
I’m so glad you made this video! Thank you, extremely helpful :)
Elizabeth Worthington
I compost all of my amazon boxes haha the worms in my compost bin love them. that kind of cardboard makes good bedding.
I like the amazon boxes cos they're very robust i often use them for storage or reuse them for bulky eBay items im selling. Pity they don't do the Amazon's Give Back Box thing in the UK... as far as I know
i never knew that, so thank you for making this video will definitely keep this in mind next time i order from Amazon!!!
Thank you so much for the helpful tips!! :)
Melinda Hammond
This is the #1 most helpful video for a ZW/Low waste newbie EVER. Thank you!
Gloria Moore
Also, it's not like local stores didn't get that item shipped to them in the first place. You aren't avoiding something being shipped just by going to a store! Amazon for the win.
Emily M
Just sent my email to Amazon! I'm so excited, I feel so much better shopping through them now, since most of the products were over packaged! Thanks :)! Love the videos!
Claire Woodfin
Phenomenal video! I wasn’t aware of a lot of these tricks. Thanks a million.