Amazon's excess packaging for everyday items – from washing gel to vitamins

AMAZON deserves a wrap across the knuckles . . . for its excessive packaging.

We told on Saturday how Herts lollipop lady Klara Remmington was shocked when a single pillow was sent in enough packaging to make an entire bed.


And PM Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds tweeted that she was “dismayed” by all the plastic that came with gear she bought for baby Wilfred.

Yet nine in ten of us shop with Amazon and 15million subscribe to its Prime delivery service.

Laura Stott ordered a selection of everyday items from the online giant and rated each out of ten for economy of packaging.

Hair conditioner

L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths, 250ml, £4:

1 x plastic envelope (15in x 12in)

1 x plastic bag

1 x sheet plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 8

Washing gel

Fairy Non-Bio, 24 washes, £7.50:

Cardboard box (7in x 10in)

1 x sheet extra-large plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 6

Baking tray

Enamel dish, 32cm, £9.99:

Cardboard box (12in x 15in)

1 x thin plastic wrap

2 x sheets large plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 7

Multivitamins

Sanatogen Complete, 90 tablets, £9.71:

Cardboard box (5in x 6in)

1 x sheet small plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 7

Plastic bottle

Sports drink container, 800ml, £3.99:

Cardboard box (10in x 14in)

4 x sheets of brown paper stuffing

Waste rating: 8

Small bowl

Snack holder (4in x 2in deep) £4:

Cardboard box (9in x 12in)

2 x sheets brown paper stuffing

1 x sheet plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 9

Sun spray

Ambre Solaire SPF15, 200ml £6.25:

Cardboard box (6.5in x 8in)

1 x sheet small plastic bubble wrap

2 x sheets large plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 7

Cup and saucer

Coffee Studio, 275ml, £15:

Cardboard boxes (10in x 14in; 7in x 7in; 7.5in x 12in)

1 x brown paper bag and paper stuffing

1 x sheet small plastic bubble wrap

Waste rating: 10

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