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online christmas – it’s not very sustainable December 22, 2009

Posted by kewroad in Uncategorized.
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So I did a lot of my Christmas shopping online again this year…and really it’s fabulous…you’ve got everything you need at the click of a button and avoiding all those horrendous queues in the high street. So I’m a big fan and have been for a few years now. And as shopping websites get better  – the online experience really is quite enjoyable.

However, once the packages start to arrive, it begins to bother me.  Quite often, they arrive one package at a time…usually all wrapped up in huge volumes of plastic (non recyclable) and each one in a fresh box which is often much bigger than the contents themselves.  I suppose this is not so bad because I will recycle the box but I know plenty of people who can’t be bothered.

And then there’s the issues of transport – it’s not great for the environment to have all these delivery vans delivering packages one at a time and quite often several times over. I had one van try to deliver a package 5 times (despite my best attempts to change  the delivery address which is virtually impossible on an automated call centre system). 

So whilst we become more concerned about the environment and at the same time, the online shopping experience becomes more of a reality, we have some issues to resolve in marrying the two up.

Sue Grant

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