Last month, an April Fool’s prank – a husband startled to find his front yard filled with 41 Amazon delivery boxes – became a viral video with a million-plus views in four days. The boxes were empty, but the folks at Jersey City, New Jersey-based Olive Technologies think that’s a problem, nonetheless.
Led by Nate Faust, one of the founders of Jet.com, Olive is a fashion-site shopping and delivery coordination service that consolidates an individual’s various purchases into one cardboard/corrugate-free delivery. A user can shop from hundreds of fashion retailers using Olive’s mobile app or browser extension. The various shipments are centrally received, unboxed and placed into a sustainable shipper at Olive’s Northern New Jersey and Southern California facilities, and then held for delivery on a once-weekly schedule.
Returns can be picked up using the two-way pictured here, which is made with recycled materials (plastic water bottles, pallets, cups and polyester) and has an anti-microbial finish. The company says this system significantly reduces last-mile emissions and ensures that all the original boxes are recycled most efficiently. Currently the service is available in about one-third of the U.S.