Tuesday February 16, 2016

E-Commerce: Convenience Built On A Mountain Of Cardboard

Do you order stuff online? Is that stuff delivered by truck? Does your purchase come in a cardboard box? If you answered "yes" to those questions, you are killing the planet. Even recycling cardboard boxes is bad. Personally I like to order my cardboard boxes online so that they are delivered to me...in a cardboard box. big grin

The environmental cost can include the additional cardboard آ— 35.4 million tons of containerboard were produced in 2014 in the United States, with e-commerce companies among the fastest-growing users آ— and the emissions from increasingly personalized freight services. Though recycling can make consumers think they are helping the environment, the process has its own costs, including the emissions from shipping it to recycling centers, which use a lot of energy and water.

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