While today’s society has been made convenient with the ability to buy almost anything online—its proving detrimental to our environment with an increasing number of shipping vehicles on the road, which increase carbon emissions. Although buying less is always the best option, there are situations when buying online is a necessity, or makes more sense.
In order to help fight climate change, many brands are moving towards sustainability, with carbon neutral shipping.
What is Carbon Neutral Shipping?
Carbon neutral shipping means that the seller either requests that the shipping company, or they themselves, to engage in activities that help offset carbon emissions from shipping vehicles on the road.
For example, you can request carbon neutral shipping with UPS. When shipping with their carbon neutral option, UPS will support projects that offset the emissions of the shipment’s transport. They list the following projects on their website, which include reforestation, landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment, and methane destruction.
Companies With Sustainable Shipping Options
The following are companies that provide carbon neutral shipping options, and demonstrate sustainable practices when shipping goods to consumers.
Dropps: pre-measured laundry and dishwasher detergent pods
Etsy: According to a research study, Etsy was the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions from shipping.
Paper Culture: Design cards, invitations and stationery! Every order gets a tree planted, they use recycled paper and carbon offset shipping.
Sendle: This is a company that provides shipping, can be suited for personal needs or businesses. You can create an account, print off a shipping label, and drop it off at a post office! You can also book a pick-up for the parcel.
(To be updated as I learn about more companies that provide carbon neutral shipping options!)