Fast delivery may negate the environmental benefits of online shopping

Jon Fingas
Associate Editor
Fast delivery may negate the environmental benefits of online shopping

Many will tell you that online shopping is more eco-friendly since you don't have to drive as often, but just the opposite might be true in recent years. Axios has warned that the increasing number of super-fast delivery options may be leading to more CO2 emissions, not less. Annual emissions have increased at FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service, and academics have blamed it on people making many small-but-fast orders through the likes of Amazon Prime and Walmart instead of bundling a bunch of products into one shipment. If you can get candy in minutes , why would you wait to include it with a bigger purchase?