If you’ve found yourself spending the pandemic filling up online shopping cart after online shopping cart, you’re not alone.
People have increasingly turned to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis. While Americans spent less online during the first three months of 2020 compared with the final three months of 2019, this shot up by 37 percent in April, May, and June, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While online sales decreased slightly during July, August, and September, they were still 37 percent higher than the same period in 2019. And online sales are only expected to increase across the industry, according to the Associated Press.
But all this shopping puts a heavy strain on the environment because the packaging relies on a huge amount of single-use plastic (most of which is difficult or impossible to recycle), says David Pinsky, who was a senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace