eBay hosts an Innovation Expo that invites eBay employees from across the organization to develop prototypes for new products and breakthrough innovations that benefit buyers and sellers.
This year’s grand prize winner was an idea called “simple green shipping,” in essence a durable box that’s been designed to be used over and over again.
“That might sound like a pretty simple concept,” commented the Green Team announcement, “but we think the idea is actually pretty powerful – especially in a marketplace like eBay where many of our buyers are also sellers and sellers are also buyers.”
eBay created 100,000 of these eBay Boxes to test in the market. If their calculations hold true and every box gets reused at least five times, it could protect nearly 4,000 trees, save 2.4 million gallons of water and conserve enough energy to power 49 homes for a year.
On the inside of the box is space to write a personal message to the next person in the chain, giving every box a life of its very own. The history of each box can also be tracked through a virtual community where buyers and sellers can connect online.