As an eco-fashionista, I know that buying local is usually the most environmentally sound decision, but let’s be real. Often times, what I want or need is not available on the local market. Since mail order companies usually have the most diverse selection of eco-friendly, sustainable clothing, I often find myself shopping on-line (not to mention that I am helplessly addicted to both etsy and ebay). This makes the issue of greener shipping very real to me.
Today while I was in line at the post office, I noticed a flier of the USPS new green movement. Not only have they recently issued a set of eco-advice stamps, but apparently have been working on their ecological footprint for a while now. There is an entire website dedicated to this initiative and I must admit that it is quite impressive. Everything from the day-to-day function of the postal service to the creation of shipping cartons is being ecologically improved. When considering the greenest shipping option the site makes this very valid point about fuel conservation, “When you order a product on online, choose the Postal Service to deliver it. We are already coming to your house 6 days a week so it’s not an extra trip for us.”
Now, shipping USPS is more than just a convenience issue. It may just be the most eco-friendly choice as well.
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