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Maybe don't return anything online this holiday season

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While most of us may call Jan. 2 "the second day of a really bad hangover," UPS calls it "National Returns Day," thanks (but no thanks) to companies like Amazon that make returning your holiday gifts all too easy. In a piece for Bloomberg, opinion writer Adam Minter shares some pretty shocking statistics about the country's online return problem during the holiday season. And interestingly, there's data that show how the market for returns is impacting the environment. 

Minter cites a blog post on the UPS website, where the shipping company lists some harrowing facts about the returns it carries out during the holiday season. UPS estimates that in December of this year, customers will ship back more than 1 million return packages every single day.