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The destruction of new products : Greenpeace calls on the Federal government to be against Amazon active

Greenpeace calls on the Federal government, the destruction of new goods in great style. On Wednesday morning, the environmental Association handed over in the Federal Ministry for the environment (BMU), a 145 000 signatures Petition against the return of destruction in the Online trading environment Secretary of state Jochen Flasbarth.

"We are calling on the Federal environment Ministry to consider how you can end this waste of resources in terms of regulatory policy," said Viola Wohlgemuth, an expert in the textile industry Greenpeace. "We expect that concrete measures will be initiated."

the reason for the Petition by the environment activists were evidence that the U.S. company Amazon daily with thousands destroyed, which are yet to be fully use able. The ZDF magazine Frontal 21, and the business week had reported last summer, citing internal product lists, photos and statements from employees in the German logistics goods of all kind of bearings from Amazon to be disposed of if they are sent back to the customer.

Amazon has not denied the allegations

in France were only made this week on similar charges, according to the. The French TV show Capital, had reported that within just three months, 300 000 new articles destroyed. Extrapolated to the whole year 2018, the French trade Union Federation of around 3.2 million new, but from the destroyed products in France alone.

Amazon has not denied the allegations. As a reaction to the news from France Amazon announced that the "vast majority" of the unsold items are recycled a", sold, returned or donated". They are working also on it, "to reduce the number of items that we can destroy, only, more". On the revelations in Germany, the company had responded in a similar way.

In the Ministry of the environment launches Greenpeace on open ears. Already in the summer, state Secretary Flasbarth had referred to the approach of Amazon as a "huge scandal". Since then, however, nothing happens. Even today, he said, to develop the Problem solutions.

destruction is cheaper than storage

But why Amazon destroys new product at all? The reason lies in the business model of the merchant. Because many of the Amazon products offered, the group sold itself. For these products, the company offers only a sales platform for external dealers and takes care of storage and Transport. "That makes Amazon, in the meantime, already 55 percent of its revenues from," says Wohlgemuth.

Stores a product after a return to long at Amazon, the tax for the seller. Per cubic meters it's according to Greenpeace, to a minimum of 26 euros, after half a year the price rises to 500 euros, after a year on 1000. As an Alternative, Amazon offers, therefore, the disposal of the products. "Per unit disposal cost the dealer a dime," says Wohlgemuth. "This is far cheaper than the 25 cents that it would cost him in return."

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This Amazon is the only company that is due to the destruction of new goods in the criticism. The fashion chain H&M is supposed to have destroyed in the past year, thousands of garments, because the storage costs were too high.

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