Briarwood Mall encourages personal return to curb carbon emissions
ANN ARBOR, MI – Briarwood Mall encourages shoppers to return items in-store or through the mail to reduce carbon emissions.
Returning items to the store can cut emissions by up to 40%. According to a press release, this leads to other shopping centers under the umbrella of the Simon Property Group promoting this method over online services.
“Where you shop is important,” said Aharon Kestenbaum, Simon’s head of sustainability, in a press release. “And where you come back is also important. Online returns are a growing problem that is detrimental and significant for the environment. Returning online purchases to the store provides an opportunity for consumers and retailers to reduce this impact. “
Shoppers have turned to e-commerce for a number of reasons, including accessibility and personal restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Lack of in-person shopping and higher online sales were one of the reasons developers and buyers predicted an uncertain future for malls.
In February, Briarwood Mall had 17 empty storefronts, and developers predicted the mall could undergo a makeover to rethink the way customers shop.
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Read more about Simon’s sustainability efforts here.
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