Repair, return and recycle your gadgets with Amazon's Second Chance Program

Ari Bines

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With the way that the world continues to change, people are reassessing how they consume altogether. Amazon Second Chance allows you to seriously consider your indulgence in products, reducing your carbon footprint and how you can be more earth-conscious when shopping with Amazon.

Amazon Second Chance isn’t new. Since 2018, the go-to shopping platform has offered a full guide for how to trade-in or return items, fix or get things fixed, how to shop rentals and previously-owned pieces as well as how to recycle or discard your Amazon packaging (grocery packaging included).

Amazon Second Chance: How to recycle Amazon packaging and electronics

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

With every kind of package, the page tells you if the packaging is recyclable and how to recycle it. The page will also tell you if a package is completely disposable. Packages like Amazon’s paper padded mailers can be recycled curbside. The process to recycle something like a bubble-lined plastic bag may take more effort. However, there are plastic film recycling locations. And yes, Amazon even directs you to find out where your closest plastic film drop-off is, too.

Before literally tossing your old electronics to the curb, consider the Amazon Second Chance trade-in initiative, which is one way you can lower your carbon footprint. Plus, you can get rewarded for doing so in Amazon credit. You can trade in anything from Amazon Kindles to older generation of iPads and other tablets, which will ultimately enable you to upgrade from your older electronics. Some other products eligible for the trade-in program include TV sticks and media player brands, Echo Dots, home security cameras and more. Even if your device doesn’t qualify for trade-in, you can still recycle it with the brand here to get started.

Shopping rentals, open box and refurbished products

If you’re cutting back on spending, the Amazon Warehouse is filled with a bunch of used products. Plus, they’re discounted with much lower costs. And before you judge, Amazon goes through a rigorous 20-point inspection process. The warehouse lets you shop from items in used computers and tablets, used home and kitchen items, used cameras, used and refurbished Amazon devices, used unlocked cell phones and used TVs with various (mostly affordable) buying options.

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Credit: Amazon

I don’t know about you, but I spent most of my college career renting textbooks from Amazon. With back to school season coming around, you may consider renting books and e-books that will automatically download and disappear within a semester. Once you’ve got your booklist, you can find it to rent by the ISBN number, as well as author and title name.

People are readjusting their lives a weird time. However, this sustainability guide is a useful tool for discarding things where we may have overindulged. However, with a program like this at a big retailer like Amazon, it’s easier than you think to give old items a second chance.

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