Amazon just confirmed that Prime Day 2024 is coming up July 16-17. When your orders arrive, what you find inside will probably look significantly different from what you’re used to.

According to the online retail giant, their top selling deals on Prime Day 2023 were Fire TV sticks, Laneige Lip Glowy Balm and Apple Airpods. If these were some of the items you purchased, you know that size wise? They’re not very large. Yet, for some reason, they’d show up in boxes big enough to say “well, this seems excessive.” 

READ MORE: Urgent Amazon Safety Recall Includes 10 Popular Items Sold in Idaho

When you opened them? Things got even more excessive as you pulled out a huge chain of those plastic air pillows. We don’t know about you, but the air pillows that came with the contour pallet we ordered filled up our entire office trash can. It just seemed like such a waste! 

US Postal Service Experiences Busiest Day Of The Year As Holidays Approach
Aaron P. Bernstein, Getty Images

And Amazon agrees that maybe, just maybe, the way they were trying to keep your items safe from damage wasn’t the most sustainable option. That’s why they recently announced a major change. In North America, they’ve replaced 95% of those plastic air pillows with a material. They hope to eliminated their use completely by 2025. According to the statement, their fulfillment centers like the one that opened in Nampa in 2020, are transitioning to using paper filler made of 100% recycled materials. The filler itself is also recyclable. 

Amazon Hosts Jobs Day Across US To Hire 50,000 For Its Fulfillment Centers
Scott Olson, Getty Images

They estimate that using the new filler paper, which was tested at Amazon’s first automated fulfillment center in Ohio, will keep 15 billion plastic air pillows out of trash cans every year. Amazon also says that very few of the packages that Idahoans order on Prime Day 2024 will contain air pillows when they arrive.

107.9 LITE FM logo
Get our free mobile app

ABC News talked to employees at a California fulfillment center who said they actually prefer working with the paper than the air pillows. It’s easier to manage and gives the fulfillment center employees getting your orders together more room to do their job.

KEEP READING: 10 Amazon Items Sold in Idaho Now Under Urgent Recall

Gallery Credit:

Inside Amazon: A Detailed History of America's Biggest Online Retailer

Stacker compiled a list of key moments in Amazon's history and its current business from a variety of sources. Here's a look at the events that turned an online bookstore into a global conglomerate and a self-made entrepreneur into the world's second-richest man.

Gallery Credit: Andrew Lisa

15 Things You Absolutely Cannot Return When Buying on Amazon

While it's easy buying stuff from Amazon from the comfort of home, getting items that can't be returned can cause some serious headaches. Here are 15 things you absolutely cannot return when they are bought through Amazon.

Gallery Credit: Rob Carroll

More From 107.9 LITE FM