However, concerns remain about Amazon’s overall output and working conditions. Campaigner La Manna raised many concerns about Amazon, including carbon footprint reporting. The Center for Research and Reporting claims that by only including Amazon-branded products, which account for about 1% of all online sales, it vastly underestimates the company’s true emissions. treatment of workers (allegations such as poor working conditions in factories and interference with union formation);And how that business model encourages overconsumption by shipping cheap goods quickly.
“Of all the companies that anyone chooses to work with on their sustainability mission, Amazon is really at the bottom of the list. To me, they are the antithesis of circularity and sustainability,” said La Manna says. “Their whole business model is about overconsumption and super-quick turnarounds.”
Rent the Runway says the goal is to bring resale to Amazon’s vast audience and keep customers away from fast fashion, encouraging Amazon to care about circularity and encourage consumers to invest in quality designer fashion. He has indicated that he is also interested in Rent the Runway points out that the majority of fashion’s carbon footprint comes from production. Reducing production through rental and resale and producing better clothing are two of his solutions that partnerships offer. “This partnership could be a potential source of funding as it could help Amazon do more in terms of sustainability, but the size of the partnership is rather limited. We also need to be aware of it,” he says Souchet.
In response to criticism, Amazon says employees have the option to join unions and has invested more than $7 billion in improving conditions for drivers worldwide. In terms of climate emissions reporting, the company notes that its Scope 1 and 2 emissions reporting includes the entire business, while Scope 3 emissions are under the Amazon brand, as third-party sellers manage their own emissions reporting. It states that it is for the product only. Amazon tracks a range of Scope 3 emissions sources, including last-mile delivery vehicles and Amazon-operated freight. Amazon says it has introduced Amazon Aware. Amazon Aware is a line of everyday essentials with third-party certification featured in the Climate Pledge Friendly program, offering over 300,000 of his products with sustainability certification in the US. A spokesperson said, “We will continue to reinvent how we ship our products for our customers and the planet.
Still, given the role speed plays in shaping Amazon’s business model, some sustainability advocates are unsure about Rent the Runway’s ability to shift consumer habits away from fast fashion. “Amazon has in some ways disrupted and changed the way we consume things and how fast we expect things to come. As far as it goes, quick arrival is absolutely not necessary: ”This makes absolutely no sense when you have a company like Rent the Runway that is supposed to focus on sustainability.”
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