Another reason to avoid free two-day shipping: they are shipping dogfood by air

TreeHugger has previously looked at where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of stuff being shipped by air. According to the

Traditionally, air freight has been used for high value, lightweight products like smartphones and semiconductors. But that is changing;

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The problem is that shipping by air has ten times the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66 times the footprint of shipping by container ship. The carbon cost of a two-day delivery of dog food or spaghetti sauce is huge.

Amazon is now building its own air freight company and by the end of 2018 and is pulling old Boeing 767s out of desert storage. Old planes are not as fuel efficient but cost a third as much to buy, and they have to feed those Prime customers.

It‘s time for a slow shopping movement

The slow movement used to be a big deal, starting with slow food and branching out into slow design, slow cities, slow travel. (see ). Katherine has pointed out the ; now we are learning about the problems of fast delivery.

Slow shopping has been tried by retailers before;

That sounds rather nicer than sitting and waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive. We should refuse to be rushed in our shopping and our shipping.

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