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Etsy Team Success: Eco Etsy and Sprint

Apr 20, 2011

by ecokaren

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

It’s so exciting to see a team get recognized for all of its hard work. Karen, a.k.a. ecokaren, and the captain of the Eco Etsy Team, tells us all about their exciting partnership with Sprint that was announced just last week.

When Sprint contacted me about the opportunity for our team’s blog to be featured in its new Green ID pack, I couldn’t believe it. But then, I wasn’t too surprised — we have worked tirelessly to create a very successful and engaging blog that more than 14 members contribute to on a regular basis. The topics we cover range from eco-tips and tutorials to news about the environment. We also share advice for building and managing our handmade businesses, feature our creative members, and review members’ Etsy shops.

It turned out that what Sprint was interested in was not just our content, but also the amazingly creative and eco-friendly handmade crafts that our talented members make and sell on Etsy. The idea was for Android customers to be able to click from their mobile devices directly to our Etsy shops where they can browse and buy our crafts.  It was more than thrilling to hear that a big corporation like Sprint was interested in working with a small team of environmentally conscious artists.

What is Green ID Pack?
The Green ID pack has four screens: Shop Green, Green Now, Live Green, and Take Action.

The “Shop Green” screen will feature our team’s logo that will take the users to our website. From the website, they can click the category tabs on the left, which will bring them to each member’s items on Etsy. We will be sharing the screen with some prominent companies like eBay Green, Greendeals.org, Seasonal Harvest, and Light Bulb Finder.

As you can imagine, we are extremely proud and excited about this recognition and the opportunity to work with one of America’s greenest companies (number 6 in the country as listed by Newsweek in 2010). In addition, Sprint received the “Sustainability Leadership Award” at the 2010 International Electronics Recycling Conference and Expo for its work among wireless carriers in the recycling of mobile handsets.

Team Eco Etsy is a moderated team of over 400 active members who are dedicated to managing our Etsy shops in an eco-friendly manner. We participate in team events such as Annual Handmade for Earth Day Auction and Green Holiday Giveaway, support each other in team forums, and will have our first meet-up at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn this June.

Want to get involved in Eco Etsy’s Second Annual Handmade for Earth Day Auction? The team will be donating treasuries of eco-friendly items to the highest bidders and proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Japan. Find more details here.

163 comments

  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox said 6 years ago

    GREAT job!!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Amazing, congratulations Team Eco!

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery said 6 years ago

    That is fantastic! Congratulations!

  • ecokaren

    ecokaren said 6 years ago

    Thank you for featuring this great news about Eco Etsy!! It has been an amazing experience working with Sprint to be able to showcase eco-friendly handmade goods to their Android customers. And if it wasn't for the talented Eco Etsy Team members, it wouldn't have been possible. Of course, without Etsy's support to recognize handmade artisans, we wouldn't even be here. Eco Etsy Team ROCKS! (Thanks Morgan for your support!!)

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 6 years ago

    Go Team! I am so proud of Karen and so proud of Eco Etsy!

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 6 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    How wonderful. Go Eco Etsy!

  • Sloffles

    Sloffles said 6 years ago

    VEEEEERRRY COOOL, way to go you guys!!! Kudos! :)

  • KnitStorm

    KnitStorm said 6 years ago

    Great team, great leader. This is some well deserved recognition!

  • fashiongreentbags

    fashiongreentbags said 6 years ago

    Hooray for EcoEtsy!

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 6 years ago

    That's exciting! Congrats!

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 6 years ago

    Well deserved, congratulations!

  • sarahracha

    sarahracha said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to all and a special thanks to ecoKaren!

  • VogueByVague

    VogueByVague said 6 years ago

    YAAAAY teamecoetsy! i'm so happy to be a part of this hard working, ultra informative team, and I'm so proud of them!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I'm slightly sad for all of us mega-green folks who simply don't feel the need to join a team proclaiming our green-ness... but congrats to the members for the extra publicity! :-)

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 6 years ago

    That is fantastic! Congratulations!

  • TresorsCoeur

    TresorsCoeur said 6 years ago

    What amazing news!!! Plse forgive my ignorance but will this be a downloadable app that andriod phones can use or is this only available for certain 'green pack" phones that sprint makes available?

  • jascamille

    jascamille said 6 years ago

    This is great! I love the blog!

  • rusticcarvings

    rusticcarvings said 6 years ago

    What incredible and awesome news!! I've been a part of EcoEtsy for a while, now, and have been so honored to be with a group of such fine peeps! Go team!

  • emwi

    emwi said 6 years ago

    I didn't realize Sprint was so eco-friendly. Also, I completely missed the Earth Auction! I'm bummed about that. This is very exciting news, though. Congratulations!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    wow congratulations, looks like a great project to be involved with!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    great program. congrats!!!

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 6 years ago

    Fantastic news. Thanks for letting us know.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!! Congrats! =)

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 6 years ago

    Great start... and way to go...

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt said 6 years ago

    Yeah for Eco ETSY!

  • dragonfly1

    dragonfly1 said 6 years ago

    Wow what an opportunity! Your team has worked very hard to establish this success and you are very deserving. Congrats!

  • ecokaren

    ecokaren said 6 years ago

    TresorsCoeur - the app is available through Sprint phones with Android. Their new eco-friendly phone, "Replenish" is coming out on May 8th and it will already have the app downloaded on there. But other select Sprint phones offer the GreenID pack too and you can download it for free.

  • fromMarz

    fromMarz said 6 years ago

    Great work. Go team!

  • swedishT

    swedishT said 6 years ago

    So inspiring!

  • recycledideas

    recycledideas said 6 years ago

    Way to go Eco Etsy!

  • goldminetrash

    goldminetrash said 6 years ago

    Sweet! Go ecoKaren!

  • GraceBay

    GraceBay said 6 years ago

    That's great news! How I would love to join the team but it looks like membership is now closed. I wonder if you might be inviting any new members in the future?

  • cieliblu

    cieliblu said 6 years ago

    This is so amazing! Congratulations to all of you!

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • Messyparrot

    Messyparrot said 6 years ago

    Congrats, wonderful to hear!

  • recycledparts

    recycledparts said 6 years ago

    Very exciting! I am so happy to be apart of such a wonderful team!

  • BEphotographic

    BEphotographic said 6 years ago

    Ditto all of the above! Well done, Ben

  • karuski

    karuski said 6 years ago

    This is great! Thanks Karen for working so tirelessly for EcoEtsy Team!

  • BatesMercantileCo

    BatesMercantileCo said 6 years ago

    Wonderful news. Congratualations on all your hard work paying off!

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 6 years ago

    How exciting!! congrats and well done!!!

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 6 years ago

    This is a fantastic team that is really involved in their mission of sharing the green spirit! I have enjoyed every moment of being a part of this team...and I have learned so much!! By the way, we still have 3 more auctions currently going on. It is not too late!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 6 years ago

    I am so proud and happy to be part of Eco Etsy Team.Well done!

  • Lolailo

    Lolailo said 6 years ago

    Congratulations all around!!!

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios said 6 years ago

    A big pat on the back to our Team Leader Ecokaren for making this happen. Hooray!!

  • vintagerenewal

    vintagerenewal said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to Team Eco Etsy and all the hard work that went into this by Ecokaren!

  • StrandRedesign

    StrandRedesign said 6 years ago

    Fantastic job with the team, ladies! I'm proud of you!

  • 5seed

    5seed said 6 years ago

    Awesome article, Karen! Go, team!

  • thegreengroovy

    thegreengroovy said 6 years ago

    So proud to be a member of ecoetsy:)! Go team! Go ecofriendly and go Sprint!...great recognition for all shops...

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 6 years ago

    i'm so proud to be part of this amazing team! thanks to ecokaren for her AMAZING and tireless leadership! you're fantastic, nicey!

  • herbanlifestyle

    herbanlifestyle said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, Karen. This is an incredible team, so it's great to see recognition from a company like Sprint! I hope this brings lots of new bids to our charity auction!

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 6 years ago

    Yay for Eco-Etsy!! Go team:) And Karen-- you are awesome!!!!!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the partnership!

  • remainewicked

    remainewicked said 6 years ago

    Yeah! I am so proud to be part of this team!

  • joonE

    joonE said 6 years ago

    Congratulations and much thanks to Karen for her devoted efforts to our wonderful team. It's always heartening to see good news about positive action toward our pretty swirling blue planet. Support of our eco friendly ventures is always news to celebrate. Have a beautiful day, everyone.

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 6 years ago

    Amazing....congratulations to everyone....

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 6 years ago

    Hooray for ecoetsy! I love this team!!!!

  • misselle

    misselle said 6 years ago

    This is fantastic news, and a great result for so much hard work! Congratulations!

  • shecological

    shecological said 6 years ago

    Hooray for our team! Thanks Karen for all your hard work and thanks admin for sharing this fantastic story!

  • HotNeck

    HotNeck said 6 years ago

    Thats great news! congrats!

  • omnatura

    omnatura said 6 years ago

    Great job Karen!!! It's wonderful!

  • Garbaje

    Garbaje said 6 years ago

    So incredible!! I'm very proud to be a member of Team Eco Etsy :)

  • retrolabs

    retrolabs said 6 years ago

    Congrats to Eco Etsy! Proud to be a member. Big thanks to Karen!!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 6 years ago

    WAY TO GO EcoEtsy! You are so awesome and deserving! xoxo

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 6 years ago

    It has been an invaluable experience to be part of this team. A group of people who care about the planet and support and share with each other is fantastic! This is frosting on the cake!

  • OnlineVintage

    OnlineVintage said 6 years ago

    This is terrific! Another great reason to be proud to be an employee at Sprint! Our company is doing some amazing things for the environment and community that don't always hit the mainstream media.

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop said 6 years ago

    this is awesome news! congratulations!

  • mandinka

    mandinka said 6 years ago

    Karen (ecokaren) really is the most amazing team leader! She keeps us all inspired and proud to be a part of EcoEtsy!!

  • ChuckaStone

    ChuckaStone said 6 years ago

    Thanks to (our Fearless Leader) Karen for your amazing work on this great partnership and the article too! I have never been more proud to be part of this team! Yea Green!

  • onewintrynight

    onewintrynight said 6 years ago

    Very Cool!!!!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    great job! Save your mother buy vintage jewelry!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 6 years ago

    I am so proud to be a team member of Eco Etsy along with all the other talented team members. Thank you Karen for all your hard work in pulling this together.....How Awesome!!

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 6 years ago

    Bravo! Search "teamecoetsy" to find some great shops and products!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 6 years ago

    Goooo Team!!! Rock on eco peeps!

  • Heartsail

    Heartsail said 6 years ago

    Mega YAY!!!!!!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    just awesome!

  • MissStefanie

    MissStefanie said 6 years ago

    Hoorah!

  • abicowell

    abicowell said 6 years ago

    That's so great, to see you guys recognized!

  • ecokaren

    ecokaren said 6 years ago

    Thank You for all your compliments. But It really IS the team's fabulous green goodies that attracted Sprint to our team. So continue to be green and continue to make good quality sustainable handmade goodies. It's important to spread the word that greening is easy and handmade is important!

  • MagpieTree

    MagpieTree said 6 years ago

    Our Team s AWESOME thanks to you Karen!!!

  • AnnyMay

    AnnyMay said 6 years ago

    Our team rock!!! Thanks Karen!

  • karenmeyers

    karenmeyers said 6 years ago

    I really want that Replenish phone.......!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 6 years ago

    This is so amazing!!! Congratulations to this wonderful team!!! Great Work!!!

  • betsyandbess

    betsyandbess said 6 years ago

    So proud to be a member! Great work, ecokaren and teammates!

  • StitchingInCircles

    StitchingInCircles said 6 years ago

    yay! Great work on getting the word out: you are a serious businesswoman!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    way to go! congrats all and thank you for your hard work + amazing leadership, Karen

  • NaturesArtMelbourne

    NaturesArtMelbourne said 6 years ago

    Thanks to our fearless leader Karen and thanks to this great team!!!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    so proud to be part of a team t... thanks to a group filled with such talent and devotion !!

  • polarity

    polarity said 6 years ago

    YAY for EcoEtsy - such an amazing team!

  • PlanetPlayground

    PlanetPlayground said 6 years ago

    Best team ever

  • darrylblack

    darrylblack said 6 years ago

    Fantastic... Eco Etsy Rocks!

  • naturalgrace

    naturalgrace said 6 years ago

    Excellent!! *plays air guitar

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis said 6 years ago

    so proud of all of you! It's an honour to be part of this team. I hope etsy is aware of the hard work and mostly free energy that all the teams creat for this giant .com business. :) yay!!!

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis said 6 years ago

    *create

  • curlymonkey

    curlymonkey said 6 years ago

    Go Team. Sending lots of <3 to our fearless leader (Karen)! :)

  • AnnMadeArt

    AnnMadeArt said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article. Thanks Karen!

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic said 6 years ago

    This is SO thanks to Karen .... she's amazing.

  • OneLoomStudio

    OneLoomStudio said 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful article, thank you so much Karen for witting it!

  • GrowingUpWild

    GrowingUpWild said 6 years ago

    Thank you to Karen and all of the other hard working members of Eco Etsy! I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful team working to live and work green! I didn't realize before this that Sprint was working to be so eco-friendly but I am pleased with every new company that makes the choice to do their part!

  • DitsyGypsy

    DitsyGypsy said 6 years ago

    Eco Etsy ROCKS! Karen ROCKS! I'm so proud of this wonderful team, our amazing leader, and the comradery between the members! Thank you for featuring this fantastic team and our good news! GO ECO ETSY!!!

  • Kirameku

    Kirameku said 6 years ago

    Congradulations ! :D This is an amazing project and wonderful idea ! Long live green and Etsy ! :D

  • ayelet17

    ayelet17 said 6 years ago

    Yeah! Eco Etsy rocks! Karen you ROCK! I'm so proud of this wonderful team!

  • oldworldapothecary

    oldworldapothecary said 6 years ago

    how wonderful for the Eco Etsy Team!!!! You guys rock!!! Congrats!!!

  • theapawthecary

    theapawthecary said 6 years ago

    So happy to be part of such an amazing team!!! Thank you Karen and to everyone else who puts so much into our team on a daily basis!!!!

  • allnaturalme

    allnaturalme said 6 years ago

    Amazing Amazing Awesome Awesome!!!! So eco-proud of you!!!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • TheTeaRex

    TheTeaRex said 6 years ago

    So Awesome! congratulations!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    yay teams

  • DoucesLaines

    DoucesLaines said 6 years ago

    Amazing !!! Go Eco Team ! Eco Karen you are a so wonderful leader ! Thank you so much !!!

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 6 years ago

    such exciting news, go team!

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 6 years ago

    Congrats Eco Etsy Team!!!

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 6 years ago

    Woo hoo - go team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great news, congrats!

  • SewnAgain

    SewnAgain said 6 years ago

    This is neato!

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 6 years ago

    Thanks Karen and team! Go team Eco Etsy!

  • Fianaturals

    Fianaturals said 6 years ago

    Thank you Karen ! I love Eco Etsy!

  • Fianaturals

    Fianaturals said 6 years ago

    Very proud to be a member!!!!

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 6 years ago

    This is an awesome team! Not only are my products eco friendly, biodegradable but I use materials such a newspaper to pack with, boxes & my bottles can be recycled. WOO HOO for your work and awareness=^^=

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    <---- Very green....hello Sprint. Seriously, this is fantastic.

  • TiffanyMorganDesigns

    TiffanyMorganDesigns said 6 years ago

    That's HUGE! Congrats!

  • sewZinski

    sewZinski said 6 years ago

    That is so freakin cool!!! Congrats to everyone!

  • CypressSweetgrass

    CypressSweetgrass said 6 years ago

    So fantastic! Congrats to the team!

  • alofashion

    alofashion said 6 years ago

    great news!

  • good4you

    good4you said 6 years ago

    nice eco friendly recognition!

  • ObjectsdeArt

    ObjectsdeArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you for that, from me and the planet.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • underanewlight

    underanewlight said 6 years ago

    Waoo Karen Congratulations!! great job!! Yeahh team! go go! :D

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 6 years ago

    So cool! Proud to be a member of Eco Etsy!

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers said 6 years ago

    fabulous news!

  • Silverpeanut

    Silverpeanut said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • findsintheattic

    findsintheattic said 6 years ago

    fantastic!!!!!!!!! news!!!!!!!

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 6 years ago

    Great!!

  • VintagePossessions

    VintagePossessions said 6 years ago

    Cogratulaions!!!!! Hard work does pay off. I am continualy impressed and proud of etsy members!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 6 years ago

    Brilliant! This team and all the time involved to form an ecologically sound community, is brilliant! It has been and continues to be a sure bet that organic lifestyle is more than a diet... it's a way of life which will, in turn, support the continued growth of our deeply rooted human existence. Thank you for giving us a shout. xo

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful !!!

  • silentlotus

    silentlotus said 6 years ago

    Fabulous news! Congratulations! :D

  • MaryZoom

    MaryZoom said 6 years ago

    Go Team!!!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Very Cool.

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 6 years ago

    Congratulations....job VERY WELL done!!!!

  • TexasVintage

    TexasVintage said 6 years ago

    Great job! That's awesome!

  • fruitpants

    fruitpants said 6 years ago

    SO COOL!

  • shandke

    shandke said 6 years ago

    Yea! I too am very proud to be a member of this wonderful team.

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs said 6 years ago

    Very nice! Enjoy your moment in the spotlight.

  • elsahats

    elsahats said 6 years ago

    this is a wonderful article!Go eco etsy team!

  • mrsjonessoapbox

    mrsjonessoapbox said 6 years ago

    Rock stars! Congrats!

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 6 years ago

    wow!! color me impressed! congrats!

  • vmgceramics

    vmgceramics said 6 years ago

    Congratulations- that is awesome news! Yay! :)

  • SimplyNu

    SimplyNu said 6 years ago

    Congrats to the team! So proud to be part of it. Can't wait for the first face-to-face meeting in June.

  • quiltartfabric

    quiltartfabric said 6 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic news!

  • GrowingUpWild

    GrowingUpWild said 6 years ago

    Karen is such a hardworking, caring and supportive person! We are so fortunate to have hear spearheading this team!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Incredible, congratulations!

  • ScrappyTudeStudios

    ScrappyTudeStudios said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on having your efforts recognized in such a significant way! As a new etsian with a focus on repurposing/upcycling, I'm saddened to see that the team is closed to new members.

  • AtomicAttic

    AtomicAttic said 6 years ago

    Oh wow! Congrats!

  • TheFamiLeeJewels

    TheFamiLeeJewels said 6 years ago

    Great article. What a wonderful collaboration.

  • Joliejye

    Joliejye said 6 years ago

    Congratulations for your really good job :)

  • IntoTheTrees

    IntoTheTrees said 6 years ago

    Love It ! And I Love being a member of Team Eco Etsy ! Thanks Karen !

  • siragwatkins

    siragwatkins said 6 years ago

    Way to go eco team!

  • xiaoyegezi2

    xiaoyegezi2 said 6 years ago

    that's beautiful!

  • LeatherBits

    LeatherBits said 6 years ago

    Great job!

  • VanillaGrass

    VanillaGrass said 6 years ago

    Really great green team! Thanks a lot for your work:)

  • opassoap

    opassoap from opassoap said 5 years ago

    Just found this, thats awesome! I hope its really green and no greenwashing.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 5 years ago

    Great job EcoEtsy Team. Wonderful blog too!!

  • GeekeryDOO

    Eva from GeekeryDOO said 5 years ago

    Thank you Karen and all members of Eco Etsy! I am honored to be a new Eco Etsy team member!

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