April 22nd is Earth Day, so I thought I would write a post about how we can contribute as an eBay community! If you think about it, the idea of eBay is all about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. They prevent millions of items from ending up in landfills by allowing people to sell and reuse products. eBay even has their own Green Team that “inspires the world to buy, sell, and think green everyday.” As a company, eBay earned the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Gold certification for their buildings. So what can we do as eBayers?
I recently had a small stack of back issue magazines that I sold on eBay, and I just could not find the right kind of box to put them in. I tried the USPS Flat Rate box, but the corners would bend, so I tried a couple more boxes that I had with no luck. After brain storming during breakfast, it hit me. I should use my Honey Nut Cheerios cereal box! It was a perfect fit, and I felt like I just uncovered a hidden treasure. A reader on this blog suggested that I put a note in the box saying that I was “Going Green”, and to excuse the box it was shipped in. A few days later I got an email from the buyer, and she was absolutely thrilled that I sent them in a Cheerios box. She wanted to let me know that she took “Going Green” to the next level. She cut out the box tops points for her kids school, and then she did something that I would have never thought of. She made the box that I shipped her magazines with into a magazine rack!
Now that is inventive and very green! I thought I was being green by reusing a cereal box to ship an eBay item, but for her to do that was amazing! I now take all of my empty food boxes and use them for shipping. It’s kind of funny to see my items being shipped out, because it looks like a grocery store.
So what else can we do in our eBay business to be more green? What are your ideas?