When you look at a truck going down the road you probably assume it is packed from stem to stern. A lot of the time that is true. Other times, like our latest load it doesn’t seem like there is much in it if you look but it is heavy. Twenty-one 2′ x 2′ x 1′ blocks of lead don’t take up much space but they weigh a total of nearly 44K pounds so that makes a ‘full’ load.

Where you end up with a less-than-truckload, or LTL, is with FedEx and UPS. There are other LTL carriers, all those doubles you see are LTL but most of them are not as time sensitive so they can gather up several LTL loads going to the same place and fill the trailer.

So where is this going. You sit at home and sort your recycling and take it to the curb or the center and feel real good about yourself. Then you order something on-line and have it sent overnight because you just can’t live without it any longer. It goes from warehouse to truck to plane to truck to sorting center to truck to you in 24 hours. That day both the overnight company and USPS came to your house. When I ordered my Austin City Limits concert tickets I had the option to deliver overnight. The tickets ship in June and the concert is in October. I think I can wait a couple of days for delivery. Think of the carbon footprint of that thing you ordered compared to waiting for regular mail delivery where things tend to get grouped in big lots for shipping.

Next time you buy on-line take time to think about how soon you really need it. Reduce the energy and save a few bucks.

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