How often have you spent hours choosing that perfect purchase, but then only seconds deciding how it’s sent? It’s time to change these old habits.
The 10ft cardboard grizzly bear and cub stand in the middle of Lake Union Park, Seattle and have an important message to deliver: It’s not just how you shop, but how you ship.
At 10AM on Earth Day these two made their debut, emerging from a forest of recycled packaging boxes and the brilliant mind of artist Laurence Vallières. They stand as a 150lb reminder of the impact of our online shopping addiction.
Ready to look beyond the visible cardboard problem and see the invisible cost?
Online shopping has made our lives easier. Who doesn’t enjoy getting a package delivered right to their doorstep in a flash?
Unfortunately, this has created an increasing problem for our planet, with tons of CO2 being emitted as a result of our online purchases. The problem isn’t slowing either, with e-commerce set to rise by over 50% in the next four years*. Our grizzly stands as a symbol of this ongoing threat to the environment.
are set to be emitted into the atmosphere by 2030 if we take no action.
has been destroyed or lost due to human expansion.
are needed to create a year’s worth of cardboard packaging.
But before we get too gloomy, we should mention there is a solution. Better yet, it’s super simple and only requires a little thought before you ship…
This is where 100% carbon neutral shipping can help. When you choose carbon neutral you offset the CO2 created from your delivery. Think of it as a way where everyone wins. You get your items delivered, and the environment gets a much needed helping hand.
Carbon neutral shipping can work in many ways. At Sendle we choose to support environmental restoration projects that protect natural habitats. These actions help limit the damage of CO2 by allowing nature to capture it. Neat right? And for every delivery we invest more in these projects and capture more CO2.
Some of our projects that have already helped save wilderness and combat climate change around the world are:
By choosing carbon neutral shipping you can give back to the planet and still have deliveries right to your door. Plus there are heaps of fantastic businesses already offsetting their shipping through Sendle. A few of our favorites can be found here.
So look for a carbon neutral shipping partner next time you shop online and start to change the world, one package at a time.
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Recycled cardboard donated and delivered by Republic Services Cardboard Recycling Center