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More Australians are considering the environment when shopping online

Australians are becoming more environmentally conscious when shopping online, according to a CouriersPlease study.

The parcel delivery company surveyed 1005 Australians and found that 47 per cent of online consumers make an effort to recycle packaging while 24 per cent said they sometimes choose environmentally-friendly businesses.

However, only 10 per cent said they shop at stores with an ethical policy or a commitment to sustainability, such as sustainably sourcing fabrics and ensuring ethical labour practices.

Meanwhile, 29 per cent said they use the same packaging when returning items, with shoppers aged over 50 are almost twice as likely to recycle their packaging. Just 36 per cent of respondents aged between 18 and 30 say they also recycle packaging.

Western Australians ranked the highest in terms of environmental consciousness with 40 per cent of them claiming they do not impulse buy and 53 per cent recycling packaging.

Queenslanders came second place for being environmentally concerned, with 49 per cent of them making the effort to correctly dispose of their packaging.

South Australians came off as the worst offenders for impulse buys at 27 per cent, but 47 per cent of them said they sometimes or always prefer environmentally-friendly online retailers.

On the other hand, 12 per cent of NSW and Victoria consumers said they always choose green or ethical retailers.

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