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How shopping in your underwear may also benefit the environment

I love Brooklyn!

Did you know that by living in Brooklyn, a part of one of the largest metropolitan areas of the USA that you are actually helping to reduce the Global Carbon Footprint?

TIME’s Bryan Walsh said. “The population density of Brooklyn is over 34,000 per square mile, compared with a little less than 90 people per square mile for the U.S. as a whole. It can’t be said enough: The greenest thing any of us can do is live in dense cities, or at the very least, support policies that enable greater population density.”

Yes, imagine, living in these tight, over-crowded spaces finally makes sense. Not having a car or any good reason to buy one (especially with limited parking spaces) and, using less electricity (to prevent being disconnected) is all good!

Yeah! To living in Brooklyn. Now all of us without backyards that grow as much as we can on our window sill, on the roof top or tiny terrace and even urban farmers can know that we are all contributing to reducing the Carbon Footprint.

Are there any solution?

  • For those with minimal or no interest in their Carbon Footprint at this time
  • For those less fortunate, who do not have gardens or backyards and without a green thumb cannot endeavor to be urban farmers
  • For us who are  just to busy to even take care of a small garden
  • Or are just trying to eat right
  • Or be healthy (which is pretty expensive in Brooklyn)
  • Or keeping our expenses under control

Does shopping online in your underwear for groceries, fruits and fresh vegetable sound good?  Well, it is actually good for you as well as it is for the environment!

According to Anne Goodchild, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington and a co-author of the paper, put it in a statement:

“A lot of times people think they have to inconvenience themselves to be greener, and that actually isn’t the case here,” said Anne Goodchild, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who worked on the study. “From an environmental perspective, grocery delivery services overwhelmingly can provide emissions reductions.”


You know what else?    It is also time saving, money saving and so convenient that I don’t know why more people are not doing it?  We Brooklynites already shop for everything online so why not add these to our list and make life easier.

They say buy organic and local and try to cook fresh food when you can.

But as Brooklynites, we know how difficult this can be…

I myself find it so difficult to have that variety and choice (that come along with online shopping) in the local shops.  I normally have to go in all cardinal directions to get a decent assortment of groceries.  With online shopping, you can still go to different grocers but at the tip of your finger.

The only way we’re going to thrive sustainably in a hot and crowded world is through density and efficiency. That is as true for food as it is for energy. FreshDirect and other online grocery-delivery services fit that category.

 Map of Your Global Footprint

Global Carbon Footprint (by

You know you want to :D