One of the most tried-and-true services in the US is the postal service. Whether it’s USPS, FedEx, or UPS, the mail is a convenient way to send things to your family and friends. It’s also a big part of today’s affinity for online shopping—no need to leave home, just have your purchases delivered to your doorstep.
1. Go Ground
When it comes to choosing between ground or air, ground tends to be more eco-friendly. While it may take a little longer (overnight is often not an option), it will use less fuel than air.
2. Choose the Familiar
Each shipping service varies. A good rule of thumb, however, is to pay attention to your neighborhood. Is there one service you see in the area more often than the others? If so, it’s a good idea to go with that service, as you know the truck will already be in your area anyway.
3. Reuse Packing Materials
When you’re ready to ship, see what you have around the house before purchasing new packing materials. Reuse old shipping boxes or packing peanuts if you can. Plus, when you receive something, don’t throw away the packaging—check to see which items are recyclable and which you could donate to a local shipping store.
Keep these tips in mind as you’re shopping online and sending gifts to friends and family. Especially if you’re buying green products, it’s important to not outweigh the green of the product by neglecting to think green when shipping.
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