5 ways your online shopping could be better for the environment

In 2021 e-commerce companies in the U.S. shipped a mind-boggling 16.6 billion packages, according to global shipping giant Pitney Bowes. Almost all were delivered by fossil fuel-burning vehicles and many came swaddled in bubble wrap, styrofoam packing peanuts and plastic tape.

But you can make a difference! Here are some simple steps to green your e-shopping habits.

Think twice, ship once

More returns means more truck trips and packaging, which means more pollution. So before you click “Order,” make sure you’re shopping for keeps.

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Using slower delivery options – and saving multiple purchases for a single order – means companies can consolidate loads and routes, making for fewer trucks on the road and less pollution overall.

Wait for it

Reuse, repurpose, recycle

Give new life to all that packaging. Boxes can be used again and again. They can also be turned into furniture, kids’ forts, you name it.

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You shouldn’t have to make online shopping better all on your own. Ask lawmakers to support legislation which makes companies responsible for recycling their products and packaging.

Be an activist


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