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Nine Eco-Friendly Tips That Also Benefit Your Business on eBay

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Imagine—a holiday that everyone can celebrate, regardless of one’s specific geographical coordinates or political persuasion. We’re all on this massive, spinning orb together. So it makes sense to do what we can to take care of it.

No, you don’t have to peddle hemp handbags or solar panel parts to participate. If you’re selling anything pre-owned, even wedding dresses, you’re in effect doing a bit of recycling. Go, you!

But don't stop there. There’s a lot more that we could all be doing as sellers, buyers, and just humans. Don’t worry. You’re not about to get any heavy-handed advice or militant instructions—just some gentle inspiration that has some unexpected business benefits:

Nine Eco-Friendly Tips for eBay Sellers

  1. Do what Jordan did (or something similar). Jordan I., owner of eBay Store QuickShipElectronics, collects unusable, store-returned electronics that would otherwise end up in the landfill, fixes them up, and resells them to happy customers. How’s that for resourceful sourcing? Maybe find yourself a niche like this?
     
  2. Buy Eco-Friendly Packing Materials. Did you think we were going to suggest re-using that pizza box or Styrofoam meat tray? No, that’s gross and just plain unsanitary. However, you can be more mindful about your packing supplies. Try eBay's new eco-friendly branded supplies.


     
  3. Use shipping discount promos. Encourage buyers to shop smarter by combining orders. You can do this by offering shipping discount promotions. Plus, shhh, you’ll sell more. Score one for the Earth and one for you. More on promotions.
     
  4. Get more organized. The more disorganized your eBay space is, the more likely you are to make last minute trips to the post office and/or office supply store. Do a little spring cleaning and you’ll use less gas and save some greenbacks (dollars).
     
  5. Use Energy Star light bulbs.  Unless you work out of a ginormous warehouse, swap out all of your light bulbs for those bearing the Energy Star label. According to this Guide, it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on utility bills, too.
     
  6. Reduce your kitchen energy consumption. If you work from home, there are 20+ ways you can conserve energy. Who knew that slow cookers (i.e. crock pots) could actually save energy? You can cook an entire meal for about $.17 worth of electricity. Just throw that pot roast (if that’s your thing) in the cooker before you start your eBay day.
     
  7. Use a water filtration system. If you drink six bottles of water per day while you’re listing, packing and shipping—first of all, good for you. Way to stay hydrated. Second of all, you can cut down on waste (and save money), even if you’re working from a warehouse, by using a water filtration system instead.
     
  8. Buy a hybrid car. Is your car a business write-off? We’re not claiming to be tax experts, but if it is, why not go the hybrid route? That way, even if you don’t organize your eBay space (tip #3), you’ll save on gas and lessen your carbon footprint while zipping around town. Here’s more on eco-friendly cars.
     
  9. Give to green charities. If you’re not familiar with eBay for Charity, you should be. It’s not just about you giving. You can actually get something back. Read this article for all of the ways you can benefit from the partnership. Then, do a search for green or eco-friendly charities here. Another win-win scenario.
 
Did you notice that almost every one of these tips not only pays off in terms of helping to preserve our planet, but also in terms of helping you save money and/or sell more? Just saying, conservation pays.
 
Have any other green tips to help commemorate Earth Day, every day? Let us know in the comments below. Also, feel free to send this article to your eBay colleagues, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.