Free returns come with an environmental cost

Free returns come with an environmental cost

Every single day this December, an estimated 1 million return packages were picked up through UPS alone, and online shoppers are expected to send back even more purchases this holiday season.

Each returned package — regardless of which carrier picks it up — leaves a trail of emissions from the various trains, planes, and giant trucks that carry it back to the seller. That pollution contributes to climate change and worsens air quality. Many of the discarded items head to a landfill. The environmental problem is only getting worse as e-commerce grows and free returns become the expected norm for shopping online.

The biggest flood of returns will come on January 2nd as people head back to...
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Free returns come with an environmental cost Free returns come with an environmental cost Reviewed by streakoggi on December 26, 2019 Rating: 5
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