By Denna Bowman
Goods purchased online for delivery to the customer – whether it’s tyres or DVDs – generate less of the CO2 associated with global warming than traditional high street shopping, according to UK scientists.
On average a typical e-commerce purchase sent to a home, including tyres, clothes and computer games, generates 181 grams of carbon dioxide, compared with 4,274 grams – that’s nearly 24 times as much – for an average shopping trip by car.
The report concludes the online shopping is better for the environment – unless the shopper is buying at least 24 items.
The study entitled “Carbon Auditing the ‘Last Mile’: Modelling the Environmental Impacts of Conventional and Online Non-food Shopping,” was written by J.B. Edwards, A.C. McKinnon and S.L. Cullinane of the Logistics Research Centre at the School of Management and Languages of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Etyres, the UKs leading online tyres retailer, operates a convenient mobile tyre fitting service which is inherently better for the environment than the individual cars driving to a tyre depot.
The journey mileage of one of our mobile tyre fitting vans is much less than the cumulative mileage of the customer’s cars would have been if they had each travelled to a tyre depot.