The hidden cost of online shopping — and what you can do about it

Online shopping

This holiday season, many shoppers will choose the online option. © Animated Heaven/Flickr Creative Commons)

Holiday season is online shopping season. And with online sales expected to surpass US$ 100 billion this year, that equates to a lot of fast and free shipping.

But there is a hidden cost to all this shipping: its carbon footprint.

In the newest installment of the Climate Lab video series — produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox Media — Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan takes you inside the world of online shipping and its impacts on the planet.

Spoiler alert: You DON’T have to stop shopping online.

The video debuts today on Vox; watch below or on youtube.com/vox.

It might just change the way you shop online.

Bruno Vander Velde is CI’s editorial director. 

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