5 Best Ways to Practice Sustainable Online Shopping

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It’s pretty much impossible to find a person these days who isn’t immune to the powerful draw of online shopping. This practice can sometimes be greener than traditional shopping, but that doesn’t make it fully sustainable. If you want to put an eco-friendly twist on your online shopping habits, these useful tips will get you there.

Single Shipment

If you’re thinking of ordering multiple things from the same store, order them all at once. Group your purchases so they can be packed and delivered as a single shipment.

No Unnecessary Orders

Don’t order the same item in multiple sizes and colors because you’re not sure if it’s the right fit. You’ll be forced to send some of the items back, so try to take correct measurements and be more precise when ordering things online.

Sustainable Brands

The best way to practice sustainability long-term is to hold brands accountable and only shop from ones that are known for their eco-friendly approach.

Shopping Locally

Instead of buying goods from mass-produced brands, try to shop locally and support small businesses and talented craftsmen producing hand-made goods whenever possible.

Reusing the Packaging

Even if put an effort into shopping sustainably, packaging still creates a lot of waste, so look for ways to reuse or at least recycle it instead of throwing it away.

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