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

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TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping, 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 Wall Street Journal, Global airfreight traffic climbed almost 9% year-over-year... The cause is twofold: As online shoppers come to expect faster home delivery of everything from smartphones to paper towels, passenger jets and dedicated cargo planes are picking up more kinds of cargo traditionally carried by container ships, trains, and trucks. Traditionally, air freight has been used for high value, lightweight products like smartphones and semiconductors. But that is changing; Shoppers accustomed to ...

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