Is it better for the environment to buy online or at Mass merchandisers?

United States
December 19, 2006 4:39pm CST
I live in a remote area that doesn't have a lot of shopping options. We have a Wal-Mart and a few local shops. So I many times have wondered this question. I have tried to weigh out the + & - of both sides. I would think that the cost of a warehouse would be much less than that of a store. It is more convenient for me to have the items shipped to my door. The postal person will be driving the route regardless of if I have a delivery, so no wasted fuel. It would require less trucks transporting to stores. I don't need to use fuel to go to the store. You could also combine orders to help on the shipping cost and packaging The perfect idea would to be able to by everything local, but in my area I just don’t think that is possible. I like to purchase specialty food items that would not be available to me unless I drove 100+ miles. What are everyone’s thoughts on this?
2 responses
@raeleighb (384)
• United States
20 Dec 06
It is better for the environment to shop locally.
• United States
20 Dec 06
Yes I agree, but what about when you can not find the items you need locally
@scottology (1210)
19 Dec 06
it is probably better for the environment to buy online but im just lazy to go the shops