EcoCart makes carbon-neutral shopping easier and simpler. Some companies go out of their way to make it possible to buy their products without increasing your carbon footprint. However, it takes a lot of research to find out if a company does this. Plus, it can cost more and limit your options which can be frustrating. This Google Chrome extension does the hard work for you. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Why is Online Shopping Bad for the Planet?
Not only is it harder to know if a company is green in general when shopping online, but the shipping of the items also contributes to a HUGE amount of carbon emissions. The statistics are pretty grim. Demand for urban last-mile delivery is expected to grow 78% by 2030, leading to 36% more delivery vehicles in 100 cities worldwide.
By 2030, urban last-mile delivery emissions – which are from the final leg of the journey to get a product to the consumer – are set to increase by more than 30% in 100 cities globally, according to a new study by the World Economic Forum. Not only that, but commutes could increase by 21%, taking up to 11 minutes longer due to the extra traffic on the road.
You can read more about the effects of online shopping on the planet here.
What is EcoCart?
EcoCart allows you to save the planet and earn rewards when you shop online. I experienced it when shopping on Kinder Beauty Box. A window popped up, and asked if I wanted my purchase to be carbon neutral. As promised, it took one click, and EcoCart automatically calculated and eliminated the carbon footprint of shipping my online order. And it works at 10,000+ stores and will always be free!
How Does it Work?
- Add to Chrome from the web store in 2 clicks
- EcoCart will pop up automatically at participating stores
- Click the button to make your order carbon neutral—for free!
It does this by offsetting the carbon emissions by planting trees. Their goal was to plant 1,000,000 trees by 2021. I’m hoping they not only met this goal but have done even better!
What Stores Does it Work On?
The Chrome extension will pop up automatically if the store you are shopping at is participating. You can also search on Google, and EcoCart will let you know which stores support sustainable shopping. Or, you can search directly in the extension and find your favorite brands like Sephora, Petco, Levi’s, Kohl’s, and many more!
When you make your orders carbon neutral, you’ll earn EcoPoints for Earth-saving rewards like planting trees or for cashback at your favorite stores. Users shop for everything from beauty products to vitamins and backpacks, all while contributing to Earth-saving sustainability projects.
Shop with EcoCart and offset the carbon emissions generated from getting your order delivered to your doorstep. At no cost to you, they’ll make sure your orders are completely carbon neutral. As you shop with EcoCart, you’ll earn Eco Points that can be redeemed to plant trees, build wind farms, or provide clean water to families in need. Eco Points can also be used for gift cards to Amazon and your favorite stores.
Shop greener with EcoCart and reduce your carbon footprint for free with the click of a button. Go one step further to search for stores that participate in the program and donate your Eco Points to amazing causes that help the planet! It doesn’t have to be hard to make good choices for the planet. This Google Chrome extension makes it easy peasy lemon squeezy to do a whoppy shoppy planet savey.
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