Online shopping is convenient. Anything and everything that you want to purchase is on there, you don’t have to get in your car and look around the shops for the item you want. This is great for ethical clothing, for example, as there are a limited number of stores that stock ethical brands, let alone stockists in your area.
If you put online shopping in comparison to driving to the store, it can often have a smaller carbon footprint. Trucks deliver goods to stores, just like they do to your house. But, have you ever stopped and thought about the environmental impact of Free Two Day Shipping methods?
A new video released by the University of California in collaboration with Vox as part of their Climate Lab series shows the unintended impacts on the environment caused by the digital shopping revolution.
When you tick the ‘Free Two Day Shipping’ option, there is an increased rush to get the item delivered to you, putting more and more trucks on the road. This, in turn, creates more greenhouse gases.
By ordering the item earlier (eg order it a week before your friend’s birthday) and choosing the slower shipping method, fewer greenhouse gases will be emitted.
Companies could simply advise us consumers to the fact that slower is greener, and that choosing the slower option saves companies money, on top of this.
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