Driving Change in Sustainable Packaging With Kayla Fenton

In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we were honored to welcome Kayla Fenton, Senior Product Manager for Sustainable Packaging Operations at Amazon. With her extensive background in sustainability, policy, and urban planning, Kayla is at the forefront of Amazon’s efforts to minimize packaging waste through innovative and sustainable operations. Her role in the Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) program and her dedication to reducing operational and material waste demonstrate the potential for large corporations like Amazon to lead in environmental stewardship while maintaining economic efficiency. Kayla shares her journey from her academic roots at the University of Texas at Austin to her impactful work in sustainable packaging, offering insights into the challenges and successes of integrating sustainability into one of the world’s largest companies.

Key Highlight Points:

  • Kayla discusses her background and the path that led her to champion sustainability initiatives within Amazon, highlighting the challenges and solutions in making sustainability a core part of operations.
  • Insights into the extension of Amazon’s sustainable packaging efforts and how it influences the broader marketplace, including the process for third-party sellers to engage with the SIPP program.
  • An overview of how the Ships in Product Packaging program operates, its criteria, and the significant benefits observed from its implementation for Amazon and its customers.
  • The advantages of Amazon’s sustainable packaging initiatives for selling partners and customers, with feedback from those who have experienced these changes firsthand.
  • Kayla shares future directions for Amazon’s sustainable packaging solutions in Canada and the company’s long-term goals for reducing packaging waste.

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A heartfelt thank you to Kayla Fenton for joining us and shedding light on the significant strides Amazon is making in sustainable packaging. Her expertise and dedication underscore the critical role that innovation and commitment play in addressing environmental challenges within the corporate sector.

We also express our gratitude to our partners, including Exclusive Banking partner RBC, Exclusive shipping partner UPS, exclusive accounting software partner Xero, and exclusive E-mail partner Constant Contact, for their support of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast.

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