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Green = green. Top seller tips for saving money—and the planet!

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Happy Monday, sellers!

We all work to keep as many of our hard-earned bucks in our pockets as possible, and many of us work hard to minimize our footprint upon the Earth, as well.  So when an action has both a positive economical and ecological impact, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

How the tips below will apply to you will depend on what—and how much—you sell, but know that integrating just one of the practices below does a world of good for the planet. Remember: reusing an object just once doubles its usefulness lifecycle and cuts its environmental impact in half, and every dollar not spent is one that stays in your pocket!

  • Re-use the boxes you receive. As much as space permits, collect all of the boxes you receive for later re-use. Ask friends, family and employees to bring in boxes, as well.
  • BYOB—build your own box! Collect cereal and other household boxes and cover them in brown paper grocery bags.
  • Use DIY packing material. Shredded waste paper (old newspapers, unwanted magazines, scratch paper, junk mail), plastic bags, tissue paper from old gift or retail store bags, and even wine corks make for great low-/no-cost packaging.  
  • Size it right. Use the smallest box or envelope necessary for your items to be securely packed.
  • Sell globally and locally. You can possibly forego shipping and packaging altogether when you offer a local pick-up option.
  • Think about ink. Refillable ink cartridges are affordable, eco-friendly, and easy to use.
For more planet-friendly seller tips, visit our Green Seller Resources page. And if you have tips of your own to share, shoot them my way at ebayforbusinessblog@ebay.com, or post them in the Comments section below.

Hope you have a great week, and as always, thanks for reading—and for selling on eBay! 


Jeremy Hainline
Senior Editor,
eBay Marketplaces Marketing