Ebay Will Release Reusable Shipping Containers

Ebay will release 100,000 reusable shipping containers this October in a pilot program that aims to reduce packaging waste. From Inhabitat:

The box itself is made out of 100% FSC-certified material, features water-based inks and requires minimal tape to close. eBay has said that the box could be so successful that “a single box reused five times could save nearly 4,000 trees, 2.4 million gallons of water, and conserve enough energy to juice up 49 homes for a year."


The online auctioneer will send containers to any user who requests them. Users will be able to track containers as they move from location to location, see where a box has traveled for previous transactions, and report on the status of a box when it arrives. After a few months, Ebay will assess the success of the program and determine whether to release it on a larger scale.