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Sustainable Online Shopping

6 Techniques for Sustainable Online Shopping to Create a Positive Influence


There is no denying that modern society is painted in countless shades of green. That is, by all means, a good thing. Practices and worldviews that were once reserved only for the activists and the most forward-thinking are now becoming an important part of the zeitgeist, and we are constantly looking for new ways to make our lives more frugal and sustainable.

Our planet, economy, and society can only benefit from this mindset.

That brings us to online shopping, which has steadily increased since the pandemic, but still presents one of the most challenging forms of commerce. Is there any way to simplify this process and reap its benefits while offsetting the massive logistics behind it?

Let us try to find out.

Practice responsible consumerism


This is important not only in the context of online shopping and logistics but also for society as a whole. So, we urge you to refrain from pursuing new trends, throwing away the items that are still good for use, and emotional buying. This way, you will relieve the logistics of commerce and reduce the amount of waste you leave behind.

Also, when you need to buy some items, opt for sustainable brands. Companies concerned with ethical and eco-friendly practices traditionally have a hard time competing with some less conscious corporate entities. It is our duty to help them out.

Negotiate more sustainable delivery terms

Rushing to the checkout may save you a couple of seconds, but you will also miss a precious wiggle room that can make your purchase more eco-friendly. For instance, you should double-check if there is an option to choose the package type. Also, if you are not in a hurry, you should agree on more flexible deadlines so the delivery service can move more items at once.

If these options do not exist, don’t hesitate to contact the e-store by email or give it a call. Make your goals clear, and vendors will be more than happy to cater to your needs in return for a positive review.

Streamline communication

That’s right; moving items from point A to point B in the most efficient manner is not the only thing you should worry about. The way you are going to conduct the communication and the amount of paper you are going to use should be on your radar as well.

The good news is that, as a business owner, you can partner with a leading BigCommerce expert for your online store and optimize your communication channels. As a consumer, you can always support companies using these practices. Also, make everyone crystal-clear that you want all of your invoices and other documents in digital format.

Buy from local vendors

Medium shot woman using organic bag for veggiesYou still get all the benefits from online purchases. You can make an order from your home, and the goods are moved in bulk so you don’t have to fire up your car for every single item you want to buy. What do you get then from supporting the local vendors? Well, for a start, you are trimming down the distance the items need to pass to get to you and the resources used to move them.

Second, you get the opportunity to support local farmers, artisans, and small eco-friendly businesses. Last but not least, the quality, craftsmanship, and experience you will be getting will almost certainly be much better.

Purchase multiple items at the same time

Much like in the previous examples, this move may prove to be beneficial for more than one reason. So, what are you getting from limiting your online purchases to, let’s say, once per month?

Well, you will keep the delivery as optimized as possible, and the vendors won’t have to waste resources filling in shipping orders every couple of days. Several items ordered simultaneously can also be wrapped in one big eco-friendly package. But, buying in bulk also opens the way for lucrative discounts. The money you save along the way can be used to get more breathing room with future purchases.

Do your research

And, at the very end, we would like to remind you that it’s not important to buy the items only when you have them. You need to buy the goods you actually need. Ordering different clothes sizes to see which one will fit you or purchasing a new phone because it has a good camera without researching the other specs presents a horrible waste and, in most cases, entails unnecessary returns.

So, don’t be lazy, and do your homework even when you are buying the simplest items. The more time you invest in research, the more capable you will become of making educated and responsible decisions.

Well, we hope these examples gave you a general idea about how to make your next online purchases more optimized, sustainable, and, overall, more eco-friendly. This may sound like something you don’t have to concern yourself with. But, when it comes to making the world better, every effort counts.

These small initiatives that are, at the same time, the most overlooked, probably count the most. We hope we have nudged you in the right direction. Now, you have to start making a positive change.

Author bio: Marie Nieves is a passionate blogger with an eye for design, a flair for storytelling, and a love for culture. She contributes regularly to various blogs and online magazines, all while satisfying her wanderlust by exploring states and countries near and far.



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