It’s not easy being Green…
It really is easy to be GREEN this Holiday Season. While one- or two-day shipping is extremely convenient, the emissions from such rapid shipment methods tend to be extreme in comparison to slower methods. One-day shipping usually means air freight, and airplanes are a big source of carbon emissions—the U.S. aviation industry is responsible for 11% of domestic transportation-related emissions. If your package doesn’t have to reach you by any particular time, the company can design the most efficient delivery route to your neighborhood. The more time you give a company to fill your order, the more efficient it can be with delivery.
You can Buy Locally!
According to scientists in 2010, around eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean. What is even worse is that the number is expected to increase ten-fold over the next decade! Plastic is a global issue and it can be easily combatted by choosing reusable over plastic. If you choose to buy local, most of the items being sold have limited packaging. Bring your own reusable bags and you should be good!
Not only does shopping or buying locally from the farmers’ market or other local market reduce waste from packaging, but it also reduces the use of fossil fuels. Food miles not only consume energy, but they contribute to poor air quality, and you will be served older food, which could have affects on your health.
You can Buy Less!
Or better yet one of the best ways to be environmentally friendly is to buy and use less stuff. At a time where our climate future is less than certain, consider asking your mom to donate to a cause you believe in, rather than give you another sweater you’ll never wear. Set up a monthly donation to a cause you know is near and dear to a loved one’s heart, in their name. Many organizations run matching programs at this time of year, doubling (or potentially tripling) the impact of a donation.
If you’re looking to shop online, look to sites like DoneGood. DoneGoodwas created with a simple mission: to make it quick, easy and affordable to use our purchasing power for good.