In 2019, Etsy became the first global ecommerce company to offset 100% of carbon emissions generated by shipping. This was at zero cost to buyers or sellers. The marketplace automatically purchase sverified emissions reductions, more commonly known as “offsets”, through their partner 3Degrees. Now they are looking at the next step in the shipping chain and have introduced Etsy Planet-Friendly Packaging in the US.
This is part of Etsy’s pledge to reach Net Zero carbon emissions, a bold and ambitious goal that requires actual reductions across their entire carbon footprint by 2030. In order to reach this goal Etsy are targeting a 13.5% reduction in scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, which are emissions that are not under their direct control, including sellers’ activities like shipping and packaging. As they work quickly to meet their 2030 deadline, it’s critical that they help Etsy sellers find options to reduce the impact of their business practices and Etsy Planet-Friendly Packaging is the next step.
With this launch, Etsy are providing sellers with the option to join us in their commitment to reduce the impact of ecommerce. Through a new partnership with EcoEnclose — also a seller on Etsy – They are offering to help sellers in the US access and buy packaging made from responsibly sourced and 100% recycled materials that buyers can immediately recycle at home.
Options will include boxes, padded paper mailers and rigid paper envelopes, each in multiple sizes based on those most commonly used by Etsy sellers. And because cost can be a barrier to green practices, the marketplace has ensured that Etsy Planet-Friendly Packaging from EcoEnclose is available at competitive prices, comparable to existing options on the market.
Etsy also hope to partner with EcoEnclose or other sustainable packaging companies to extend this offer in more countries in the future. In the mean time, if you are based in the US you can start buying your packaging here.