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]

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.
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!
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
That intro of you collecting the package is so cute. Also your hair looks 10/10.
Grey Heart
The way Amazon treats their warehouse employees is completely inhumane.
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.
KC Johnston
You can also buy used things on amazon! Like books and what not
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.
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.
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.
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 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. :-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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!
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!
Polette T
People would give you shit because you like amazon even though you’re treat the environment better than 97% of people???
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 ;)
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?
I recently found out that there’s an option to consolidate your order as much as possible. I got an 8 product order in 1 box without any additional packaging. I wasn’t aware of so many of the things you mentioned in this video. I’m pretty excited to implement then since I’m pretty guilty of using amazon frequently
Kim Lee Carroll
I love shopping at Amazon. I even let my gkids pick out their own gift's from there.
Wendy Vernon
I just found your channel and want to thank you for the information that you are providing. My local recycle pick up doesn't recycle plastic bags or film so if I wasn't reusing it I would be throwing it away. Most of my household plastic comes from produce or something I have ordered via I used the plastic recycling site to see who would recycle those kinds of plastic and I couldn't believe my eyes! My local Food Lion grocery store not only recycles plastic bags (which I knew about) but they will also recycle any kind of clean plastic film (which I did not know). I don't use nor purchase any kind of plastic cling wrap nor do I use plastic grocery bags. The few things that I do have that are plastic film type plastics I can now take to my local grocery store to recycled....THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! This is just one of the things that I have learned from your videos. I consider myself pretty aware of eco friendly zero waster type steps that I can take but am always looking for anything else that I can do better. Keep up the great work!
Thank you, this was very useful for me. I'm moving to a new house and I'm going to start trying to live a zero-waste lifestyle. I've always been conscious of the environment but I never really knew how to fully stop purchasing things with plastic on them. Your videos are really helpful and they make me very excited to start my zero-waste lifestyle or at least close to it. I do run a small business from my home and I find that I have to use a lot of packaging. At the moment I use mostly cardboard but to be honest I never even gave my tape much thought. I'm definitely going to switch over to paper tape and I'm going to use paper packaging instead of the plastic bubbles.
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
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.
Ivana Murphy
I just started collecting all the weekly newspaper and my Amazon boxes to recycle then once a year!!! I loved this video
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.
Wendy Vernon
I would just like to thank you for the information that you are providing. I used the plastic film recycle link that You provided and found out that not only does my local Food Lion grocery store recycle the plastic grocery bags but they will also recycle ANY plastic film. I like to think that I am really Eco friendly as I do not use nor purchase plastic cling film and I carry my own reusable bags every where that I go. I had no idea that all clean plastic film could be taken in at my local grocery store! In my house we do many zero waste and Eco friendly tasks but are always looking for more ways to accomplish what we believe is our responsibility as it is all of ours.
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.
Jenna Demeter
Hi Shelbi! Thank you for this video! I tried to reach out to Amazon (via phone) regarding putting a note on my account to avoid plastic, but they said that this is not possible. The rep specifically said that there is nowhere in my account to put this note and that they could not contact the fulfillment centers directly. They said that the only way that this packaging message could be communicated is on 3rd-party orders. What did you exactly write in your email to Amazon customer service, and what was their response? I would really like to make this happen if possible. Thanks!
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.
AreYouMakingTea ?
So helpful, i had no idea you could do any of this! 💚🌍
Michaela Westbrook
I’m glad you aren’t shaming people for using amazon like many eco friendly people. I live in a very small town in Alabama and I have a Walmart... that’s it. I have to drive 2 hrs to a Whole Foods and an hr to a target or publix.
A lot of great information!!!!
Thanks for making this video, ive been doing research into minimal waste and my first thought was am i going to have to give up amazon?! Lol
I love hearing your perspective. I have been avoiding Amazon due to over-packaging, but it's really cool to know that it's possible to receive orders in a more sustainable way. Really appreciate the video!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am far away from being zero waste or environmentally perfect, but I always felt so bad for bubble wrap and those plastic pillows. I just messaged amazon and they said they added the note to my account <3 Thank you so much!!!!
Christian Birmingham
Omg that’s thank you for this video I always felt bad for buying from amazon because of the packaging and now I don’t
Melody Conroy
You can also be an amazon affiliate. You can get money from them just by linking people to their website.
Cristina Diaz Cano
Thank you!!!
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!
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!
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 :)
Jennifer Schmidt
This has been on my mind lately. Thank you for sharing such a realistic, pragmatic perspective!
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!
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.
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.
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.🌿❤️
Lina Valo
Thanks for the informative video, also you are very beautiful : )
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.
yote sub
Huh this is so cool I would never have known
jeff hayward
Do you have to pay the shipping when using your amazon box to donate in wanted household items?
Stepha Letty
Ok I shoukd watch all the video before commenting 🤣
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
Wendy Vernon
I would just like to thank you for the information that you are providing. I used the plastic film recycle link that You provided and found out that not only does my local Food Lion grocery store recycle the plastic grocery bags but they will also recycle ANY plastic film. I like to think that I am really Eco friendly as I do not use nor purchase plastic cling film and I carry my own reusable bags every where that I go. I had no idea that all clean plastic film could be taken in at my local grocery store! In my house we do many zero waste and Eco friendly tasks but are always looking for more ways to accomplish what we believe is our responsibility as it is all of ours.
Lydia Langdon
This has taught me so much. Thank you :)
Emily Rhinier
I love Amazon as well and I was just saying to my friend the other day that I want to send them an email about using paper instead of the plastic inside the box to keep things from moving around. I order from Vitacost all the time, and they do use plastic bags for the beauty products that can spill, but for the extra room they use paper (like the paper bags), which I love because my orders stay protected and plus also I can recycle it 😊😊. I am definitely going to send an email to Amazon tomorrow about replacing the plastic. Thanks for this video 😁
Mildred Martinez
The green Amazon grocery totes are supposed to be recycled if you contact Amazon to arrange pick up I tried doing this after several of my neighbors in my building just left them piled up in the recycling area. And it took three attempts before Amazon made sure that the UPS guy pick pick them up to return them however he didn't pick up all of them so I find that a little frustrating I would hope that Amazon maybe they can have a drop-off center where the lockers are and throughout the cities where people can take those green grocery totes
Robert Snekser
I just wish they would either pay their workers more or get taxed more, that's my only issue with Amazon. So many workers live below the poverty line while Jeff Bezos is almost a Trillionaire.
UTK Grad
bamboo toothbrushes are often wrapped in plastic, but the toothbrush themselves aren't plastic so it Reduces plastic ... mine comes wrapped in plastic bag inside of a cardboard box and its a sanitary issue- the companies in US are required to not have plastic
Christopher Soto
That box was open! Who you tryina fool
I had a note put on my account, but I'm still getting a lot of plastic. Glad to hear that the tape they use is also recyclable. Not that I ever bothered to tear it off. XD
I've never heard about these options before and really glad I watched!! Thank you so much :)
happily healing Alexandra
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! I also totally agree with your thoughts on amazon!
One more tip! When choosing your shipping method, try selecting a longer shipping time if you can. By choosing the 3-5 day option instead of the 1-day option, you give the retailer an opportunity to bundle your package with others in the area, eliminating the need for the truck to visit your neighbourhood as many times.
Bri Elli
If you post on Craig's List that you have a lot of cardboard boxes or padded envelopes, you can get someone to come pick them up from you. I had three people message me within an hour of posting; lots of people have businesses that require shipping.
UTK Grad
LOVE THIS POST! i didn't even know you could request amazon to make the changes in regards to plastic--- feeling educated
Sofia Zaldivar
this is such a great video! thanks for all the great tips and information ❤
Conscious Consumption
this is the most helpful video on low waste living i've had the privilege of watching. thank you for doing this research.
i always felt kind of bad for shopping on amazon. thanks for this tips, it really made it so much easier. ^^
Tierra Nauman
I've used the plastic pillows and bubble wrap to make an amazing case for my nebulizer!
Love your videos! Just wanted to say the music during the first few minutes wasn't a great choice, i had a hard time to focus on your words. Keep up the great content! 💚
Alexx Selvaggio
Can I do some of this without Prime? $$$
Also, random question - I really love your lipstick, what are you wearing? :)
Rebecca Sullender
you can reuse plastic bags, or bubble wrap by using them to stuff pillows... like homemade pillows for your outdoor patio etc
Eco Life 365
Awesome! Very informative. Definitely going to do this from now on. Thanks Shelbi 😊
Emily Elizabeth
Such great tips thank you!!
If you use they will donate a small percentage from the money you spend on each of your orders to a charity of your choice. <3 ;)
Wow! I learned so much from this video. The Give Back Box program sounds awesome and even better than dropping stuff off at the nearest charity.
Karen Murphy
Thanks 4 All that n this video and All!!!
Michigan Life Mama
I looooove amazon - you can get stuff cheaper and my grandma and i split the cost of prime so its free shipping :)
THANK YOU!! This information is SO helpful! It's very different from the typical zero waste videos you see. I never knew about the thin plastic recycling centers and thought there wouldn't be any in my area, but I typed in my zip code and came up with 106 results!!
Claire Woodfin
Phenomenal video! I wasn’t aware of a lot of these tricks. Thanks a million.
Thank you so much for the helpful tips!! :)
Guuuuuuuuuurl I luuuv your lipstick OMG
And your make up looks amazing!!!
Laur 818
@Shelbizlee, Thank you SOOOOO much for this video! I will admit that when Prime was first a thing, I was very very skeptical about it, and avoided it for a long time, but gave in when I got married because it is a lot cheaper! After getting our prime account I did realize the whole small business thing which I got very excited about! Also, I had NO Idea about the note request for accounts, or about the giving back program! I will definitely get on this right now! As far as being eco-friendly, I am mathematically challenged, but I assume that 100 people going out and spending gas making deliveries saves a lot more fuel then 100,000 people going out and going to a bunch of stores and using unnecessary fuel. Thanks again Shelby, you're awesome! :)
Holly Justice
Thank you for making this
rowan orre
thank you so much for this!
Sarah Bunny
I had NO idea Amazon had all these options!
Dhynasah James
So many great tips!
T. Tito
You are So Beautiful your smile is wonderful and Intelligent message
Éliane Blanchard
Yo you look like an early Taylor Swift in your thumbnail! 😀
Barbara Shirland
GREAT ideas in this video. I love Amazon too! I’m going to order from your list. Thanks!