We're not saying never shop online or use the internet again because, for one, we wouldn't have access to memes (essential) and, two, online shopping is popular for a reason: it's convenient. Sometimes, however, we need to take a step back and think about what this convenience is contributing to the health of our planet and how we can ensure we're not unnecessarily damaging it
Here are our 7 ways to reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online: 1. Filter Brands and Products by Location
When we shop on international sites like eBay and Depop, it's easy to search the whole catalogue of results because they usually default it to Worldwide. Depending on your location, there are likely to be a plethora of search results in your country without having to look further afield which means you can reduce the amount of air miles a product needs to travel to get to your front door.
Here are a couple of my tips for filtering by location:
1. Start by filtering to just your region (i.e. within 25 miles of your location) and see what results come up. If there are few results, keep expanding your radius until you find the product you're looking for. That way, you know you've at least tried to reduce your carbon footprint! Plus, if you find something closer to home, the delivery is likely cheaper AND it'll arrive quicker.
2. Shop on websites of brands that are based in your country, instead of relying on international shipping. Find the location of the brand warehouse (this is typically stated on their Contact page) and see if it's in your country. If not, there are always alternative brands out there. For instance, if you've found a great sustainable underwear brand but it's based in the USA and you live in the UK, you can find a list of our Top Sustainable Underwear Brands
which feature underwear companies based in various countries.