Online auction site eBay has debuted a new shipping container called the eBay Box – a new way for buyers and sellers to reuse the same box for multiple shipments designed by an eBay employee.
The thought behind the new box is that many of eBay’s buyers are also sellers, and it also uses water-based inks and minimal tape to prolong the box life. The company claims that five uses would save 4,000 trees, 2.4 million gallons of water and enough energy to power 49 homes for a year.
Each box also comes with notes for users to write a personal message to the next recipient, and the eBay Box website will also track its journey from user to user. The box itself is made of 100 percent recycled content cardboard and is recyclable with other cardboard boxes.
eBay is not the only online shipper with an eye for more more packaging. The New York Times reports that Amazon.com is looking to limit the amount of plastic packaging that can pose a challenge for opening as well as disposal.
Amazon informed its manufacturing partners that some of the negative feedback on their products is related to packaging, and those who have opted for cardboard instead of plastic wrap have received 73 percent less negative feedback.
For those interested in the eBay Box, the company is offering up 100,000 free boxes for members of its Green Team and participants in it On Location events in October. The boxes will also be available during its pilot program through March 2011. The company will then evaluate participation by tracking their progress and the buzz generated through social media channels.