The company is also working with product manufacturers to create more efficient packaging for each item. Manufacturers may be used to creating large, attention-grabbing shells to stand out on a store shelf.
The BBC program "War on Waste" took Amazon to task for excessive packaging in 2016. According to a recap by the Mirror, the company began testing a program called Box on Demand that year. The program promised to match more appropriately sized boxes with each item.
Amazon also maintains a commitment on its website to reducing waste through packaging innovations.
Unofficial theories from outside the company chalk the over-packaging up to logistical issues. Standard-sized boxes are easier to stack, though more expensive since shippers hiked fees on large packages.
This story has been updated to better clarify the source of information cited.