Don’t you just feel better when you buy green products? We know it is good to shop local. It boosts the economy where you live and wherever you are. You are able to keep the tax dollars where you live or where you are visiting. Sadly, many “mom and pop” shops haven’t been able to compete with the big box retailers, and even after generations, have had to close.
This has oftentimes resulted in less choices for the consumer. In the meantime, Amazon has launched Amazon Green. As a consumer who likes to shop and buy green products, this could be a good thing. On their site, Amazon displays products users tag as eco-friendly.
But is it a good way to find green travel products? To be a really green consumer, aren’t we supposed to be walking to our nearby, non-chain, locally owned, independent store and doing more to support the local businesses in our communities?
Amazon Green – Green Travel Products
When it was first launched, in 2008, Amazon Green was a little tricky to navigate. And because the system is based on tags, if you search for green travel products you come up with items like:
- Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless-Steel lined Lunch Jar, Silver
- Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series [HD DVD]
- Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device
I do love products such as the Mr. Bento Lunch Jar because it is durable, reusable and earth-friendly.
And best of all for me besides being reusable is that it isn’t made from plastic but from safe, food-grade stainless steel.
The second item that appeared were the Planet Earth DVDs. They are pretty cool but to be even more earth-friendly, I’d rather check them out from the library or see if they are available to watch on Netflix or even through Amazon for that matter. I don’t actually need to own them. And we’ve already had the debate about whether the Kindle is a good green travel device as an alternative to books.
I wouldn’t bring any of these with me on a round-the-world trip, though possibly for the Mr. Bento jar as I do like the idea of the lunch jar for on-the-go trips, day-to-day for packing lunches, etc. So while it I wouldn’t use it for traditional travel in the implied sense of the word, I could imagine using it outside the home when someone would be more apt to make a less greener choice.
Therefore, it would still count as being a product great for travel. Amazon Green also has a Green 3 list where users choose 3 green products they think everyone should have.
And you can find a debate about whether shipping products is green in the Amazon Green 3 Forum.
Overall, I think Amazon Green is a good idea. And the products it shows for green travel are generally cool, but they’re not necessarily the things I would pack for a trip. If users start to tag more products as “travel,” Amazon Green could be a great tool for eco-conscious travelers.
Right now, at its inception, it’s not as great for green traveling as I was hoping — but it’s still fun to browse. Sometimes “green” items are far from green, be it how they are made, where they are made, or what they are made from. Do your research, and you will benefit greatly.