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Does Shopping Online Really Make You Greener?

Traditionally one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, learn how to green up your "Cyber Monday" with these online shopping tips

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Photo: socialinfographics (flickr)

Cyber Monday is traditionally one of (but not the) biggest shopping days of the year

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Photo: socialinfographics (flickr)

Now that Black Friday has passed, it’s time for “Cyber Monday.” Traditionally one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday may be just what you need to wrap up your holiday shopping after fighting the hustle and bustle of crazed shoppers over the weekend.

While shopping at home may seem more environmentally friendly (no driving to the store, products are often not shipped as far, etc.), there are still some extra steps you can take to make sure your online shopping is as green as possible.

How To Shop “Green”

Planet Green offers some tips and ideas that will make your online shopping the the greenest it can be. Among their suggestions:

  1. Save paper by opting-out of catalogs and other follow-up mailings
  2. Consolidate orders to reduce shipping.
  3. Avoid over-consumption by making a shopping list and sticking to it.
  4. Buy from green retailers (they have a list to get you started)

Your Green Shopping Tips

What are you doing to shop green this holiday season? Let us know in the comments.

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Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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