Etsy announces it will offset emissions from packaging materials

Etsy Inc. has announced it will now offset 100% of carbon emissions from packaging from both Etsy and Reverb.

Wasteful and unnecessary packaging is a common challenge across the ecommerce industry, and can be a pain point for eco-conscious shoppers. Etsy has committed to addressing the impact of packaging by offsetting 100% of emissions from packaging materials for every item shipped by Etsy and Reverb sellers, with no additional cost to buyers or sellers. 

Etsy already measures the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere as a result of shipping items purchased on the platform and invests in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. Now, this calculation will be extended to cover the carbon emissions from the materials used to package items bought from Etsy sellers.

In 2019, Etsy became the first ecommerce company to completely offset carbon emissions from shipping, and recently announced its industry-leading pledge to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

Adding packaging to Etsy’s portfolio of offsets is an exciting immediate step toward reaching its ambitious goals whilst the brand works toward longer-term reduction measures, including:

·         Seller engagement – continuing to encourage 4.4 million Etsy and Reverb sellers to use more sustainable packaging materials and offer opportunities to learn about how they can reduce their business’ footprint.

·         Cleaner materials –  exploring ways to connect sellers with vendors that can provide more sustainable packing materials, which could include circular packaging options. 

·         Advocacy – continuing to push for public policies that will drive the decarbonisation of the logistics sector and continue to set a strong example for industry peers.