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How Ordering From Local Stores Can Curb CO2 Emissions

According to a new study, opting to ordering items for delivery from your local store rather than looking them up online can help customers minimize their carbon footprints by decreasing CO2 emissions.

Local vs. Online Stores

 This new finding is made by computer simulations of deliveries and shopping trips in the United Kingdom, which then enabled researchers to be able to estimate just how much carbon emission is associated with each item that is purchased via a different means. And what they found can be really helpful in the continual fight against global warming.

Per the study's findings, which were published Wednesday in Environmental Science and Technology, deliveries that are made by a local shop resulted in less than half as much carbon dioxide being emitted per item compared to seller who are online-only, per average. Additionally, deliveries made locally also resulted in lower emissions than in-person shopping. And given the amount of carbon emissions we make on a daily basis, any small victory can greatly help and benefit our fight against global warming.

The findings were made by environmental scientist Sadegh Shahmohammadi and colleagues, who simulated instances of someone buying multiple items in order to simulate buying in-person and online. The results then revealed that the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with deliveries made by a local store averaged to only about  0.07 kilograms of CO2  per item. In contrast, this is significantly lower than 0.18 kilograms for orders from online retailers and 0.1 kilograms for in-person shopping.

According to Shahmohammadi, deliveries made by local shops tend to be greener in general since people who buy from them usually buy a lot of things all at once. On the other hand, online sellers often get items delivered one by one — racking up a higher carbon footprint over multiple deliveries.

As such, the authors concluded that bundling items for single delivery can help online shoppers curb their carbon emissions. In-person shoppers, on the other hand, can help by looping their market trips with other errands, or by simply using a bicycle instead of driving to the store.

online shopping The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that coronaviruses have poor survivability on surfaces and there is very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Pixabay

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