We recently ordered some batteries from Amazon because they are half the price of what our local stores charge, but when things the size of a USB flash drive arrive in boxes like the one below, I wonder if we made the right decision, in terms of environmental impact (vs. buying at our local Target).
1) Amazon adopt the use of envelopes to mail small and, overall, flat items such as these.
2) Amazon partner with UPS and have UPS be a drop-off center for used & flattened Amazon boxes to re-use for future shipments.
Logistically, it would probably add more load to their operations, but think of the environmental benefits of re-using boxes instead of buying new boxes that may or may not have been made with recycled materials (probably the latter). I left packaging feedback on Amazon with the above suggestions, so let's see what happens...