‘It’s pretty staggering’: Returned online purchases often sent to landfill, journalist’s research reveals

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Do you order different sizes of clothing online, knowing you can return the one that doesn’t fit?

Did you know the ones you return are sometimes sent straight to landfill?

Online shopping has created a boom in perfectly good products ending up in dumpsters and landfills, according to Adria Vasil, an environmental journalist and managing editor of Corporate Knights magazine.

Amazon has faced accusations of destroying returned items in both France and Germany.

The issue also affects unsold products. Burberry admitted in 2018 that it had incinerated £90 million worth of clothing and accessories in the previous five years. The company stopped the policy last year after a public outcry.

Vasil spoke to The Current’s Laura Lynch about how consumers can fight the rise in waste. Here is part of their conversation.

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