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Cyber Monday Dos and Don’ts

By Recyclebank |

In addition to avoiding the crowds and nightmarish parking, Cyber Monday can be a greener way to do your holiday shopping.

Dear Recyclebank,

I prefer to do my Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday to avoid the frenzy on Black Friday. How can I make it greener?

Jane L., Plainfield, NJ

Dear Jane,

That’s smart and eco-savvy of you to save your shopping for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is to the internet what Black Friday is to brick-and-mortar stores, without having to contend with Black Friday travel and crowds. Although a paper published by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics concluded that online shoppers have a carbon footprint about half that of “traditional” shoppers, packaging and shipping can still take their toll on the environment.

Here are some ideas for a greener Cyber Monday:

DON’T place more separate orders than you need to. This can rack up fuel emissions and requires extra packaging.

DO consolidate shipping. Plan ahead and place one order per vendor. If you’re ordering a gift for someone who doesn’t live nearby, though, take advantage of any gift wrapping services the website may offer and send that gift directly to them.

DON’T wait until the last minute to order online, because rush shipping produces more emissions than regular shipping.

DO save the boxes and packing material from your ordered items and reuse them to wrap other presents.

DON’T order gift cards with needless waste attached. While physical gift cards can be recycled or reused, it’s one more step for the recipient to take.

DO send electronic gift cards instead, if possible. You can always exchange personalized touches of your own face-to-face.

DON’T buy without doing your research on a company or product.

DO buy from environmentally aware companies. One Twine is a good place to start, as well as Forbes’ list of eco-friendly deals for Cyber Monday 2013.

How do you reduce the environmental impact of your holiday shopping? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • tommy b. 2 years ago
  • erica m. 2 years ago
    Exchange consumables everyone needs to buy anyway such as food -- nice coffee, cheese, wine, chocolate, maple syrup, honey, tea. No extra waste.
  • Emily L. 2 years ago
    It makes no sense to me that Recyclebank no longer offers electronic gift cards and posts an article stating to use them instead of plastic ones. Recyclebank does offer plastic ones but a member has to call customer support and request one. Why not go green and offer them as electronic gift cards and avoid the hassle?
  • tommy b. 2 years ago
  • Laurel M. 2 years ago
    It is too bad that Recyclebank does not practice what it preaches. Recyclebank no longer gives electronic gift cards. You now have to go through the hassle of calling to see if plastic gift cards are available and then wait 10 to 14 days for mail delivery and just hope they arrive.
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