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How Does Online Shopping Affect the Environment?

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Everyone loves online shopping. After all, what is not to love about having ample time to go through products and their prices, choosing one you like, and then having it delivered at your doorstep – all with the guarantee of it being refundable. Convenient (and in some cases addictive) as online shopping is, it has an ugly side to it. Individual parcels being delivered to homes by couriers all over the country is not as good for the environment as one might have hoped.

One of the significant causes of carbon emissions is transport, and a lot of that comes from vehicles on their way to delivering parcels. With the rise in online shopping over the past few years, this issue is more relevant today than ever. Many businesses incentivize customers to buy online through free deliveries, and in some cases, through deliveries on the same day. This means that smaller and smaller parcels are dispatched, many of which are returned, as customers are allowed to refund and exchange delivered items.

What this means for the environment, however, is that the number of carbon emissions in the atmosphere is continuously going up. In order to tackle this issue, some courier services are introducing newer, greener initiatives, which include running hybrid or electric vehicles and delivering by bikes and foot. Many couriers plan to roll out tens of thousands of electric trucks.

What this means for the environment, however, is that the number of carbon emissions in the atmosphere is continuously going up. In order to tackle this issue, some courier services are introducing newer, greener initiatives, which include running hybrid or electric vehicles and delivering by bikes and foot. Many couriers plan to roll out tens of thousands of electric trucks.

While these measures will be effective when they have been implemented completely in the future, what should consumers do till then? Though some people think deleting shopping apps and never ordering online is the way to go, other, less drastic but still effective measures are also possible.

One way to help the environment is to shop from those retailers and service providers who have definitive, innovative green policies in place. When enough customers do this, companies will be forced to make green policies a priority. Another way of reducing one’s carbon footprint is to ask couriers to deliver at a collection point nearby. Later, you may pick the item by walking over or when passing by it in your daily commute. Its purpose will be wasted, however, if you go over especially by car to pick up your delivery.

While the onus of making the transport business environment-friendly rests on service providers, customers can pay their part by making conscious choices like buying from local stores, having items delivered to a common collection point, and not shopping mindlessly in the first place.

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