It’s Saturday morning at the end of a busy work week, and your fridge is looking a little more than bare. Now, you’re caught between getting off the sofa and dragging yourself on a midday run to the grocery store in the middle of a global pandemic or ordering your groceries online from the convenience of your living room. The choice is definitely clear in terms of convenience, but what about environmental impact? Is grocery delivery service greener than driving to the grocery store?
The answer is: yes. When you choose Duck Dash for your organic grocery delivery in Downtown Tampa, you’ll be doing yourself and the environment a favor. In this article, we’ll explore some of the key aspects that make online grocery delivery service more environmentally friendly than going to the grocery store.
A study published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that the vast majority of households, 88 percent, use their own vehicle to get to the store when they go to do their main grocery shopping, driving an average of 4 miles to their preferred store. Assuming that each of these households takes at least one trip per week, that would add up to over 42 billion miles driven roundtrip each year to and from the grocery store. These car trips alone are enough to result in over 17 million metric tons of CO2 pollution.
To put that into perspective, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that motor vehicles account for 75 percent of the carbon monoxide pollution in the nation. Despite the fact that the United States only has 30 percent of the world’s automobiles, we consistently contribute about half of the world’s emissions from on-road vehicles.
Truthfully, it depends. A study conducted by the University of Washington in 2013 found that ordering your groceries online could reduce carbon emissions anywhere from 20 to 75 percent. Unfortunately, where you land within this window is dependent on a number of factors, including whether the grocer chooses your delivery window, where the store is located, and whether the drivers deliver based on routes that cluster customers together. Another study published in the biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology found that you have the greatest chance at reducing your emissions if your groceries are delivered from a brick-and-mortar shop close by rather than an online marketplace as more emissions are generated when the items have to be shipped from a distribution center via courier.
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Why Is Duck Dash the Best Option?
Duck Dash is the best option for healthy grocery delivery in Downtown Tampa because not only are all of our groceries delivered directly from Duckweed Urban Grocery, a local market, but our couriers deliver food via electric scooters. While one kilowatt-hour of energy carries a gasoline-powered car for a little less than a mile, the same amount of energy can carry an efficient electric scooter for more than 80 miles, or 331 laps around a football field. The cost of fueling an electric scooter is also just a little more than one percent of the cost of fueling a car that delivers 28 miles per gallon.
If that alone wasn’t enough to convince you, our scooters are also instrumental in helping our couriers circumvent traffic and deliver your food orders on time. Same-day orders are no problem because we’re already in the neighborhood! Simply place via our app or website today and discover your new favorite delivery service.
Are you looking for same-day delivery in Channelside, Downtown Tampa, Westshore/South Tampa, or Harbour Island? Duck Dash is a local food delivery service in Downtown Tampa that brings all your favorites right to your door. To place an order, simply download our app or order online.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute health advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional dietary counsel.
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