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Is it better for the environment to shop online or in-store?

Nov 20, 2018

Which form of shopping costs the planet more - online or in a brick-and-mortar store? The answer isn't black or white, and both methods have shades of green... The question of which shopping method is greener can trigger an hours-long discussion in Jill Lipoti's classes at Rutgers University. Lipoti, a human ecology professor and a former New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection official, teaches courses required for the university's minor in sustainability, the fastest growing minor in the School of Environment and Biological Sciences. The environmental impact of shopping resonates with her students, but that the discussion is more complicated than whether online or in-store shopping is better.


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