Etsy, the online DIY marketplace famous for its virtual storefronts and eco-friendly business model, has officially moved into its new headquarters building in Dumbo, Brooklyn. A DIY-lover's haven, the nine-story complex showcases over 750 pieces of hand-made furniture and wall art from Etsy sellers and local artists. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, reclaimed wood floors, toxin-free paint and locally sourced carpeting, the building is a veritable eco-friendly utopia for all 496 Etsy employees.
As a certified B Corporation since 2012, Etsy put its environment top of mind when designing the state-of-the-art complex. According to Business Insider, the company is held to "rigorous standards of social and environmental performance" under this designation. All plants in the building are watered with rainwater collected from the roof, which is stored in a massive tank and funneled through a unique irrigation system piped throughout the building. Roughly one percent of the building is powered through the structure's rooftop solar paneling, leaving the other 99 percent to "local, renewable solar power sourced from a remote location." The large windows weren't just a design consideration; the natural lighting reportedly saves the company some 80,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year.
All of Etsy's employees (and their dogs) are free to work remotely from the outdoor courtyard, the rooftop lounge overlooking Manhattan, or any one of the nine communal eating spaces on each floor. The main dining hall on the second floor gives employees two free, locally sourced meals per week through a program affectionately called "Eatsy." The online retailer's new space prioritizes mental clarity and inclusivity above all else, and they offer employees weekly yoga and meditation classes in the "breathing room" and gender-neutral bathrooms. The building designers even made ample space for a bike room in an effort to encourage employees to capitalize on a healthy, carbon-neutral work commute. Tour Etsy's stunning, eco-friendly workspace below and shop our Etsy-inspired décor:
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