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The True Costs of Online Shopping

Why shopping at a brick-and-mortar store might be a greener option than ordering online.

Online shopping is big business: Americans spent $395 billion at Web retailers in 2016, up from $28 billion in 2000. Part of the increase may be due to a belief that e-commerce is a greener option than shopping at your local brick-and-mortar store. But according to various online-retailing industry studies, there are several environmental factors to consider.


is an Experience Life associate editor.

Illustration by Jude Buffum

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