2010: Eco Friendly Year in Review

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2010 has been an amazing year for Team Eco Etsy.

We started the year with new leaders and new editors in March, along with a new home for our awesome blog.

We’ve had some changes along the way with even newer editors joining us for the blog and changes in some leadership positions too. I am so grateful to be in the company of enthusiastic leaders and creative editors who work tirelessly for the team. And without them, our team wouldn’t have had the successes we’ve had this year.

And then, of course, there is YOU, the readers of our blog. We would not write articles, feature Eco Etsy Team members, showcase eco friendly handmade goodies and share tips and tutorials if it wasn’t for your readership. And for that, we sincerely appreciate your support and comments. Keep reading. Keep encouraging us. Keep leaving us messages here. We love ’em all!

Last but not the least, our Team Eco Etsy members…

Team is only as good as its members and without your dedication, enthusiasm, contribution and participation, Team Eco Etsy wouldn’t be as successful as we are today. And thanks to you, we accomplished some great events this year!

Team News:

  • We currently have 321 members that include 95 new members who joined us during the New Membership Drives held in March and November.
  • We established team membership guidelines in order to be more selective in admitting like-minded members with similar missions regarding the environment.

Team Events:

  • Earth Day Auction – raised and donated $445.53 to World Wildlife Fund in April.
  • Green Holiday Giveaway – held in Nov/Dec and gave away over $650 worth of eco handmade goodies to six very lucky winners.

Eco Etsy Featured on Etsy:

We were featured in two articles on Etsy and it really made the team stand out in the Etsy community. Your comments and the contribution to the articles were vital in making them as informative as they were. We received so many inquiries about the team as a result. Your green ideas were ‘right on’ and stirred up some serious green thoughts within the Etsy community. I can’t wait to write more articles like these in the future for different media outlets and I’ll be sure to ask you for your input.


We moved the blog to a new platform and added the following features in addition to the awesome existing sections such as Theme Nominations, Member Features, and Eco Tips and Tutorials.

  • News and Views (Mondays)
  • Business Tips (Fridays)
  • Eco Etsy in pictures – Flickr Collage of the team’s handmade goodies (Saturdays)
  • Eco-Kids (Saturdays)

Social Media:

  • Twitter: followers continue to grow and currently have 4626 followers and growing.
  • Facebook: fans have more than doubled from 600’s to over 1260 fans and growing.

2010 was definitely a very busy year for the team.

But… but… but……wait until you see what we have in store for 2011.

Looking Ahead to Year 2011

In addition to the above successful events, and without giving away the fun details, we will be involved with some new team-wide events in 2011.

And they are,

  • Eco Friendly Gift S*** in January
  • Team -Wide Me***  U* in Summer of 2011
  • Member-to-Member Men****** Program

Aren’t they exciting? Sorry for the encrypted message but I couldn’t share the details until, well, I am ready to unveil them. But don’t worry. They are all eco-friendly and fun team-wide events that everyone can enjoy and participate. I am so excited about them and can’t wait to start planning them with you. In fact, I expect 100% participation from all of you! So make sure to look out for the team’s Yahoo Group announcements.

On that note, I would like to THANK YOU and express my deepest gratitude for your involvement with the Team Eco Etsy. You are truly the envy of all Etsy teams, are model environmentalists and the most talented handmade artists. And most of all, …. true team players. Without your love and support, this team would not have been as much fun to lead. And for that, I really appreciate and love you all.

Have a blessed, healthy, and kick ass NEW YEAR!!

And thank you for keeping it green!!

Your Humble Team Captain

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About Karen Lee

As a former Captain of Eco Etsy and one of the current leaders for the team, I am really excited to be hanging out with like minded team members to share ideas on how we can leave the least amount of carbon footprint.

I sell eco-handmade and vintage goodies in my Etsy shop and consult small business owners on Karen Lee Consulting where popular Etsy Starter Kit is sold. And as a retired Chiropractor, I share natural health news and green tips on drkarenslee.com. Check out my past posts on Eco Etsy!


  1. I signed up for Etsy in 2008. I didn’t list my first item until December, 2009. I am not computer savy, so it has taken me awhile. I always have a few green things on my site. Thanks for all the help everyone has given me. I read all items everyone sends me in hopes I can become Kick Ass!

  2. A team to truly be proud of!

  3. Thank You so much for your love and support!

    The team is ready for another rockin’ year!

    Yeah, Go Team Eco Etsy!!

  4. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work. Just wanted to add my enthusiasm for this team, all of my eco etsy friends and to wish you all a happy, healthy and a creatively successful GReeN New Year.

  5. This is a good group. I have learned so much from all of you.

  6. I start my Etsy store this year in August, I have been following the Team letters
    and I am so glad about this Eco-friendly Team, I think it is a great way to go.
    Thank you so much for your support and your advices.

  7. Happy New Year to Karen and everyone else behind the scenes that makes EcoEtsy what it is and what it’s become! I’m so proud to be a part of this amazing group and blown away by how professional, organized and motivated our leaders are! Here’s to an even better year in 2011 !

  8. I love this team! Thank you, Karen, for your leadership. And thanks to all the wonderful, sharing caring team members. I can’t wait for the Team -Wide Me*** U* in Summer of 2011!

  9. SO AWESOME! Glad to be apart of this awesome team!

  10. 2010 was amazing & 2011 sounds even better!!!
    Thanks to Karen and the other active team members
    2011 lets think positive
    lets think big
    lets think green.

    Happy new year!

  11. Happy New Year everyone!

    Thank you all for being a wonderful team, fantastic teammates, blog writers, and coordinators!

  12. Thank you for the great job you’re doing, Karen and the other girls!

    Happy new eco friendly year to you all!

  13. I joined this year a few months ago and must say that this ETSY team (the only team I belong to) is so inspiring and friendly. To all of those who work and play to keep it a wonderful team in every way I say thank you and best wishes as we move forward into what I know will be a super year for Team Eco Etsy !

  14. Its hard to believe that I’ve been contributing to the blog for close to 9 months now :-) Plus I think its been over 2 years since I joined this team (or very close to it!). I love EcoEtsy and although I may step aside from blogging (still not sure ugh! lol) its because of the team that I’ve decided to keep my shop open in 2011! Thanks for your tireless efforts to lead us Karen and to reign the team back in when we were a little bit flailing earlier this year. Its that dedication that makes the team gel so well, makes us want to bond together and support each other’s lives. There has been a lot of good and some bad this year but the team really is so supportive of each other that it all turns out ok in the end. Here’s to an even better 2011!

    Jenn @ Chucka Stone Designs

    PS the first ‘new effort of 2011 bullet’ made me giggle…I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way but that’s just the way my warped mind works sometimes :-) You’ll know what I mean if you reread it heehee

    • He he he…your beautiful warped mind….
      You are right; didn’t mean ‘that’. It’s Sw**!

      So is this the official resignation letter??? Boo~ I didn’t expect the first comment to be your resignation letter :( but glad you decided to keep your shop open Yay!

      Thank you for your contribution to the team and brilliant writing. I hope you continue to be an integral part of the team. We like “warped” minds.

      Happy New Year!

      • I still don’t know for sure, my new classes for school start this coming Tuesday. Once I feel out the workload & time necessary to invest to be an A student, I’ll let you know. But I promise to email you! heehe

  15. Can’t believe the year is over. There have been so many changes, it’s been amazing. I’m looking forward to the New Year! Can’t wait to see what EcoEtsy has in store. Happy New Year everyone!