Can Virtual Stores Make Shopping More Sustainable?
From Good: “If virtual stores become more common, what type of impact would they have on the world? It’s an interesting question. Online shopping has some advantages from a sustainability perspective: if a company doesn’t have the physical infrastructure of a store to build, heat, cool, and light, and uses a much more efficient warehouse inside, it’s saving energy. And delivery vehicles are more efficient than individual shoppers driving to stores—if, that is, shoppers are driving and not just walking to a store in their neighborhood. Online retailers like Amazon have also been able to eliminate packaging that was only needed on store shelves.”