How to go green on Black Friday

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To many Black Friday is the shopping highlight of the year as thousands log on to buy their Christmas presents.

But what may be good news next week for shoppers could be bad for the environment.

That’s the warning of green energy expert Ron Fox after a study published this month showed that some delivery vans are said to emit up to 11 times more pollution than previously thought.

“The problem is that the rise of internet shopping may be worsening air quality in built-up areas,” said Ron, of Noreus Ltd on the University of Keele Science and Innovation Park.

Research by the Air Index analysed 11 diesel van models and seven released more pollution than they should. They added that tests showed that some vehicles released far more toxic nitrogen oxides on the road than in official laboratory tests.

However, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers, said it was “misleading” to compare vans of different ages, adding that new stricter labs tests introduced in September this year would ensure that new vehicles on sale today are the cleanest in history.

A government spokeswoman said they had committed £3bn to help towns and cities take action against harmful emissions caused by dirty diesels. Next year they were planning to publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy which would address other sources of air pollution.

Ron said that van traffic had increased by 58 per cent in the past 20 years, four times the rise for all vehicles, a figure which has been blamed partly on shopping websites and customers wanting their purchases delivered.

But he said shoppers can still enjoy shopping on Black Friday (November 29) and be eco-friendly.

Rather than ordering online and having goods delivered he suggests supporting local and small businesses and taking your own shopping bag rather than a plastic one.

Many look forward to buying electronic goods on Black Friday because of the discounts. “Try to look for energy efficient products that you and the environment can benefit from in the long run,” added Ron.

For presents he suggests choosing sustainable and eco-friendly brands.

Also, he said when wrapping up the gifts use reusable and recyclable paper rather than those that are used once only and cannot be recycled. 

“Buy what you need and not because you are tempted to purchase on impulse,” Ron added.

“Perhaps people should look at buying experiences rather than physical presents for family and friends,” he said.

“Buying a fitness membership, a day at a spa or an adventure trip are gaining popularity,” he said, “as are lessons in art and music or trips to museums and sporting events.”

“However, if you really want to shop online, try to place a single order instead of many frequent purchases to reduce delivery costs and the carbon footprint,” he concluded.

For more information about environmental matters and green energy call Ron on 0845 474 6641.

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