Business Tip – Ideas to help you “green” your business

Are you an Etsy Shop owner or a non-Etsy business owner interested in learning what you can do to make your business more environmentally-friendly, make it “Green“?

Our EcoEtsy Team Members share their tips and ideas to get you thinking of ways you can make your business “environmentally-friendly”.

Handmade Gift Tags

1. Repurpose

Look at everything you make and think about how you could do it with a material that is already out there and ready for reuse. Repurposing instead of buying a new “recycled” item is more eco-friendly.

Thanks to: Jennifer of www.greenearthgoodies.etsy.com

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Herban Lifestyle Gift Set

Herban Lifestyle Gift Set

2. Assess & Write

Honestly assess why you are making changes to be “greener.”

Ask yourself what benefits there will be to your customer, the planet, and your business if you make these changes. Write it down.

Thanks to: Mary of http://herbanlifestyle.etsy.com

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Denim Gourd Spider Bowl

3. Biodiversity

Being biologist, my first goal is to bring out message about the species around us, to educate on importance of biodiversity. 3R are understood whenever possible, as well responsible materials usage.

Thanks to: Tanja of www.tanjasova.etsy.com

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Dryer Pillow Sheets Sachet

Dryer Pillow Sheets Sachet

4. Reuse Reduce Recycle

Reuse Reduce Recycle every morsel, whenever possible. Easiest way to do this is to organize your leftover materials while creating. This way, easy to trade, exchange or resell them.

Thanks to: Jane of http://www.etsy.com/shop/zJayne

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Under the Root

Under the Root

5. Realistic List

A tip for creating a more environmentally friendly business is to begin with a realistic list of changes to be implemented.

Thanks to: Jennifer of http://www.undertheroot.etsy.com

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Eco-Heather Racerback Tank- JE T'AIME

Eco-Heather Racerback Tank- JE T'AIME

6. Recycled Packaging

Since packaging is a necessity find companies(ex.uline) that offer recycled products or go to your local thrift store. I’ve found boxes and tissue paper, a great way to upcycle!

Thanks to: Penelope of http://www.neenacreates.etsy.com

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Recycled Bookmark

Recycled Bookmark

7. Reusable Art

My daughter makes so much lovely art, but I do not have space to keep it all. So we started reusing it in all sorts of creative ways. As wrapping paper, bookmarks, or even packing material.

Thanks to: Desiree of http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtZebo

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Organic Herb Garden Soap

Organic Herb Garden Soap

8. Go Organic

Search for ingredients that are certified organic. Recycle shipping materials whenever possible and try to buy locally if possible in order to save on shipping costs.

Thanks to: Gabrielle of http://www.etsy.com/shop/Herbfriend

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geometric BIRDs

geometric BIRDs

9. Re-use Junk Mail

re-use every bit of junk mail that crosses my desk.. for scratch paper, packing , even birds!!

Thanks to: Elaine of http://www.etsy.com/shop/redorgrayart

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Upcycled Wool Horse Tote Bag

Upcycled Wool Horse Tote Bag

10. Recycle Packaging

Recycle Packaging – so much is reusable and tossed away, request empty mailers at your library or local shops – reliably pick up on a schedule & they’ll feel good about recycling, too.

Thanks to: Tammy of http://www.etsy.com/shop/tamdoll

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The Original Mineral Mascara

The Original Mineral Mascara

11. Print Green

As shop owners we do lots of printing. I’ve reduced the amount of paper I waste when printing by downloading and using PrintGreener.com. I can decide which pages to print and eliminate the pages that contain only one line of unnecessary text.

Thanks to ME (Myra) of http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnarchyinBeauty

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So there you go, 11 great tips from our EcoEtsy team members to help you get thinking of ways you can make your shop more eco-friendly.  Remember, start small and work your way up and get creative.

This post was written by

Myra @ HerbanLuxe – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
Myra is an Etsian with an MBA. The art of business and technology are her two obsessions. She has been writing EcoEtsy Business Tips since 2010. Myra grew up in Puerto Rico with grandparents who were a head of their time and didn't know it - living what we would call today, "a simple green life." Her love of learning and teaching are the key drivers in almost everything she does.

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About Myra @ HerbanLuxe

Myra is an Etsian with an MBA. The art of business and technology are her two obsessions. She has been writing EcoEtsy Business Tips since 2010. Myra grew up in Puerto Rico with grandparents who were a head of their time and didn't know it - living what we would call today, "a simple green life." Her love of learning and teaching are the key drivers in almost everything she does.

Comments

  1. jeannie says:

    As far as packaging goes, I save every padded envelope that comes to me in the mail. Re-use it whenever I have to ship something. Also, when I buy something breakable & the store wraps it in tissue, I save that to re-use as needed.

  2. Excellent tips!

  3. Great feature and useful tips!