Perusing through the Communication Arts Typography Annual this morning, I came across a piece about eBay’s new reusable shipping boxes. Though the piece was featured on just a third of a page in this 200+ page book, it stood out to me as a remarkable project worth mention.

“eBay gave away 100,000 shipping boxes to eBay sellers, to encourage their reuse; according to eBay, if each box gets used five times, the program could protect nearly 4,000 trees, save 2.4 million gallons of water, and conserve enough electricity to power 49 homes for a year.

“Each eBay box is made with 100 percent recycled content, printed with water-based inks, and designed to require minimal tape. And once it reaches the end of its useful shipping life, it’s still fully recyclable. The fine print reads: ‘Don’t worry, it will come back as something nice, like a birthday card or movie theater popcorn bag’.” (excerpt from

It really says a lot that a major shipping company is striving to cut back on their carbon footprint. FedEx, USPS, Canada Post and all the others should take note. Way to go, eBay GreenTeam!


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