Cosa Verde: For Earth-Friendly Crafterscomments (2) April 18th, 2009
If you make and sell earth-friendly crafts and are looking to reach environmentally conscious buyers, there's a new Web site you should definitely check out: Cosa Verde.
Cosa Verde is an environmentally focused marketplace for indie artisans to promote their creations. Instead of taking the place of Etsy (or similar e-commerce sites), Cosa Verde brings in eco-conscious shoppers and sends them to your existing store so you don't have to manage several different markets.
The site was founded by artist/designer Liz Grotyohann and her Web-whiz fiancé Jeff Fein-Worton after Liz noticed a lack of venues for eco-conscious artisans to promote and sell their environmentally friendly crafts.
They launched in February of this year (2009), and in less than two months they now have more than 110 sellers selling on the site. To help sellers promote, and buyers to understand each product's environmental virtues, Cosa Verde has employed a system of badges that identify products as being:
- From green sources
Besides just touting their sellers' environmental cred, Cosa Verde is doing their part to keep things nice and green. First off, for every new shop that's opened on Cosa Verde, they plant 10 trees through Trees for the Future. On top of that, they donate 10% of all the fees they collect from you as a seller to a charity that you pick. They also try to run their business clean by purchasing their energy from renewable sources, using CFL light bulbs, and by remembering to shut them off when they aren't needed.
So if you are already selling your eco-friendly crafts on Etsy, head over to Cosa Verde now! Oh, and if you don't sell, head over there anyway to get some great green inspiration.
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