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eBay Green Team – eBay Inc.

November 15, 2011

eBay Green Team: Encouraging Sustainable Commerce When eBay seller Shaun Shienfield started knetgolf, he wasnt trying to create a business that was good for the environment. As a teenager, Shaun started going around to golf courses in his native Ontario, Canada, gathering and selling used—or what he calls “experienced”—golf balls. Billions of balls get lost on golf courses every year, and Shaun saw a business opportunity. Read more eBay Green Team: Encouraging Sustainable Commerce Now, knetgolf is a $20 million business and is the worlds largest seller of premium recycled golf balls on the web.This year, knetgolf will sell 10 million “experienced” golf balls on eBay alone. What Shaun didnt realize was that he was also growing one of the greenest businesses around. By cutting down on the need for new balls, knetgolf cuts down on the pollution that comes from manufacturing new golf balls, not to mention the tons of oil-derived plastic and adhesives that go into them. After all, the greenest product out there is often one that already exists. We believe small actions can make a big difference in the world. And thats what the eBay Green Team is all about: encouraging and empowering individuals to buy, sell and think green every day. Today, more than 2,300 employees around the world are eBay Green Team members, promoting green business practices within eBay, volunteering in our communities, and supporting environmental legislation.In early 2009, we invited consumers to join the cause, and in just six weeks, 100,000 people became members of the eBay Green Team. Although its just a start, we see great things happen when we harness the power of eBays community of buyers and sellers.Building a Greener MarketplaceCollaborating more with our buyers and sellers remains an area of opportunity for us. We help our customers make smarter, greener choices by providing thoughtful tools and solutions. For example, in both 2007 and 2008, we offered a seminar for eBay buyers and sellers at eBay Live! about “greening” their businesses.One of the largest environmental impacts of our business model is the shipping that occurs between sellers and buyers. So, in 2007, we worked with the United States Postal Service to introduce new, environmentally friendly Priority Mail packaging. This co-branded packaging is Cradle-to-Cradle certified, and is available free through the USPS shipping hub on for more on how were encouraging consumers to shop green.Greener Campuses e

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