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This study compares the environmental impact (global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, and smog formation potential, as well as human health carcinogenicity) of picking up a DVD from a local store yourself, to ordering a DVD from an e-commerce website and getting it delivered.
The study suggests that obtaining a movie through an online order and delivery has a significantly lower environmental impact than hiring a DVD by picking it up yourself from a local DVD hire place, in all environmental impact categories considered. Even when it was assumed that the DVD was picked up by someone walking to and from the DVD hire place, this did not alter this result.
A key contributor to this result are the different forms and amounts of packaging used, specifically the polypropylene cases used for DVDs by local stores.
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Report Rating: 3 out of 3
Report Published: 2007
Author(s): Sivaraman, D., S. Pacca, K. Mueller, J. Lin
Publisher: Journal of Industrial Ecology
Funder: not identified
Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, DVD, movie, film, hire, e-commerce, delivery, online shopping