Etsy is open-sourcing its sustainability software

Posted: 19 April 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Etsy is making its sustainability tools free to other developers.

The online marketplace is making some of its internally developed software tools available for free to anyone. The company will open source ‘DIVERTsy’, a software that is interwoven with hardware to track and measure building’s waste streams, divided up by landfill, recycling, and compost.

Etsy also uses the platform to manage other outgoing materials such as electronic waste, food scraps and textiles.

Customisable sustainability

The technology has been customised to Etsy’s offices based on local infrastructures. This is because cities differ in how they manage waste and recycling. The open source code for the software will allow for customisation at individual locations.

DIVERTsy will be available on GitHub from Wednesday (19/04), Etsy plans to launch a pilot program for the code in the coming months that will be open to assisting organisations with implementation and data analysis.

Etsy plans to divert at least 90% of its waste generated at its head office in Brooklyn from landfill whilst reducing overall waste consumption and creation.

The company rolled out the news with the announcement that its headquarters has achieved a new sustainability standard certification known as the “Living Building Challenge Petal.”

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