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Etsy's Shipping Process Just Got a Lot More Eco-Friendly

By Sophie Hirsh

If Etsy is your go-to website for ordering handmade knickknacks and tchotchkes, you'll be pleased to hear that the company is taking a major step towards reducing the impact of its shipping process. Beginning this week, Etsy will purchase verified emissions reductions, aka carbon offsets, to neutralize emissions from the company's shipping process. And considering the fact that shipping accounts for 98 percent of Etsy's total emissions, this move has the potential to make a large impact.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Etsy CEO Josh Silverman announced the news in a blog post on Etsy's website. As Silverman explained (and as any Etsy shopper knows), Etsy is not actually involved in its sellers' shipping processes. Independent sellers simply use Etsy as a platform to sell their products, and then they ship them on their own.

"Although we do not actively manage this shipping process, we are in the position to do something about the environmental impact," Silverman wrote. "That’s why, starting today, Etsy is becoming the first global ecommerce company to offset 100 [percent] of carbon emissions generated by shipping."