How To Reduce Your Shopping Footprint

Carbon Footprint Reduction Tips

Buy less, shop online, skip rushed shipping, and walk to shop

Since Al Gore created the Internet (LOL), online shopping has really taken off in the US. Although both online and brick-and-mortar shopping have environmental consequences (and the most environmentally-friendly shopping behavior is to only buy what you really need), in most situations, online shopping seems to be the more eco-friendly option. However, this varies a good bit based on buyers’ behaviors. If you want to reduce your shopping footprint, buy less, buy online using non-rush shipping methods, and walk or bike when buying items in stores.

Skip a non-essential purchase from a physical store

Potential Emissions Reductions: -7.05 lbs CO2e per purchase  |  Potential Cost Savings: Varies

Walk or bike to your next shopping excursion

Potential Emissions Reductions: -5.95 lbs CO2e per purchase  |  Potential Cost Savings: Varies

Make your next purchase online, as opposed to at a physical store

Potential Emissions Reductions: -3.75 lbs CO2e per purchase  |  Potential Cost Savings: Varies

Skip a non-essential online purchase

Potential Emissions Reductions: -3.31 lbs CO2e per purchase  |  Potential Cost Savings: Varies

Forego rushed or 2-day shipping

Potential Emissions Reductions: -1.10 lbs CO2e per purchase  |  Potential Cost Savings: Varies