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”.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Â Remember, start small and work your way up and get creative.