Are you selling online? Maybe you have your own online shop, maybe you sell via an etsy store or perhaps you’re selling on ebay?


Regardless of the platform, we wanted to share some tips, tricks and services you could use to make your online selling a little more eco friendly. Welcome to our latest blog post:

Selling Online? Make it Green!

Online selling (and consequently buying) has soared in the past few years. This has only been catapulted further (than anyone could have predicted) because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sales increase stats

But why is selling online and shopping online bad for the environment? 

Here’s why shopping online is bad for the environment as a consumer:

Packaging – Products that are shipped to your front door use way more packaging than when you shop in store. Especially since when you shop in store you can bring your own tote. We feel 99% sure you’ll have been left scratching your head at a product you’ve received in the mail that’s in a giant box, or has excessive amounts of packaging!

Impulse Buys – Window shopping in person, and window shopping online have very different end results! Arguably, shopping online is too easy sometimes. When an online store saves your card information, it’s so easy to quickly click ‘BUY.’ This means more products winging their way around the globe = more packaging and more products in the world.

The hurried parcel – As you’ll see below. The ‘Rushed Online’ shopping option is the worst of the worst environmentally when it comes to shopping in general. Consumer demand is pushing the need for rushed delivery more than ever before:

61 percent of online consumers have stated that they would pay more money to see their orders delivered on the same day. 49 percent of online consumers have said that same-day delivery would make them more likely to shop online.

80% of shoppers surveyed want same-day shipping, while 61% want their packages even faster — within 1-3 hours of placing an order. Invesprco


I don’t think the average consumer understands the environmental impact of having something tomorrow vs. two days from now. The more time you give me, the more efficient I can be.”
Patrick Browne Director of Global Sustainability at UPS.

shopping online stats

If you sell your products online exclusively – customer transportation (in the chart above) is a hard thing to adjust. If viable, you could try to offer a discount if your customers come to you, on foot or by bike for curbside pickup (Random Acts of Green business members The Green Hair Spa offers a $2 discount on services if their customers bike to their appointment!).

If you run an online store, we hope these top green tips on ways in which you can improve your shipping, labelling and packaging, give you some food for thought as you move forward with your growing business.

Are your deliveries carbon neutral?

Carbon neutral deliveries? This is a real thing thanks to Novex Delivery Solutions – the first courier in North America to be carbon neutral.

But how? Novex provide their customers with carbon neutral deliveries either through electric vehicles or by offsetting emissions through hybrids and ultra low emission vehicles.

  • 100% of the Novex fleet are ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) or better:
    • 35 Hybrids, 5 Electrics, 20 ULEV’s, 13 Best in Class Vans, 12 Bikes, 9 Trucks
  • This has resulted in cumulative emission reductions since 2008 the equivalent of removing 188 cars from the road.

A Certified B-Corp; since 2018, Novex has diverted 1.93 tonnes of CO2e.

If you’re shipping your products online, we recommend checking out Novex at the button below.

Launching soon: Novex’ new app system. Meaning your deliveries will not only eco friendly, they’ll be super straightforward, too!

Product labelling — Make it green!

UPM Raflatac is labeling a smarter future beyond fossils by developing innovative and sustainable labeling solutions. They are committed to creating value from sustainable bio-innovations, such as UPM Raflatac Forest Film™ wood-based film. The company focuses on creating products that reduce the use of virgin fossil-based materials and treat waste as a valuable resource.  

🌍  UPM Raflatac is committed to the UN Business Ambition to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C..

🌍  UPM Raflatac’s environmental targets include:

* 100% certified fiber by 2030

* 30% reduction in CO₂ and energy

* 0 production waste to landfill

* 100% of release liner waste from their RafCycle™ partners is recycled via the service

* 100% of their plastic packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025

 We encourage you to visit UPM Raflatac at the button below. Here, you’ll learn more about how you can make your pressure-sensitive labelling more sustainable. The UPM Raflatac website is really user-friendly so you can easily explore different labelling options to find what works for you, and your business.

UPM raflatac

Mailers? Make them recycled!

EcoEnclose is the world’s leading provider of sustainable ecommerce packaging.

“We love the eco-friendly companies we work with and make it our mission to help them be proud of how they ship.”

EcoEnclose do not compromise on sustainability – the majority of their products have as much recycled content as they can possibly utilize. They’re also recyclable, and are printed with sustainable inks.

EcoEnclose offer many packaging options you can’t find anywhere else, including Algae Ink and 100% Recycled Poly Mailers.

If you’re looking for eco friendly packaging (with the ability to brand your business) we highlighly recommend EcoEnclose; learn more at the button below.



Are you an online retailer? Do you need help improving your businesses carbon footprint? Let us know where you need help and we will gladly connect you to any of the mentioned Random Acts of Green business members based on your needs.

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