RocketPlace Conference Is Going Green

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The RocketPlace conference is taking extra steps to have less of an environmental impact. The September 2008 event will save trees, water, plastic, and other resources by eliminating wasteful water bottles, conference badges, programs, and notebooks.

RocketPlace, the premier conference for new eBay sellers and PowerSellers, will be taking steps to make the September 2008 event greener. The first RocketPlace conference in early 2008 offered no bottled water to save on wasted plastic. This time, RocketPlace is going further.

Not only will there be no water bottles, but RocketPlace will also save trees, plastic, and all of that production by eliminating paper badges and the traditional plastic badge holders. RocketPlace will use nTAGs as badges, which are interactive devices whose only disposable part is the sticker with the attendee's name. The unit and lanyard are returned to nTAG, which means nothing for an attendee to throw away after the show.

As the nTAGs store the full conference agenda, RocketPlace will not print a notebook or a traditional event program, opting instead for a small, pocket-sized guide to sponsors and exhibitors printed on lightweight, recycled paper. This will also reduce energy and resources needed for printing and transportation. As nTAGs help attendees exchange contact information that is later retrieved from a portal website, this also means fewer business cards being handed out (or thrown out).

RocketPlace will be printing a simple take-home post card listing our sponsors and exhibitors., a Maryland company, is our chosen vendor, and will be printing on paper that is 100% post-consumer recycled and 100% process chlorine free. Ecoprint has been purchasing their energy from a wind farm since 2003, and boasts being 100% carbon neutral, and zero net greenhouse gas emissions.

"We know that being green is not just a fad, and being green goes well beyond using some recycled paper," explains As Was CEO Debbie Levitt. "No matter what you believe about global warming or climate change, saving trees and water as well as using alternative energy and fewer natural resources are always the best choices. As Was is always innovating, and this time, we're taking the lead in making sure that our event has the least possible negative environmental impact. I wore my Camelback hydration pack around eBay Live, and I shouldn't have been the only one doing that!"

Attendees, speakers, and exhibitors can also do their part in making their RocketPlace experience more eco-friendly, including:

  • Go through airport security with an empty water bottle or Camelback hydration pack. Fill it up at a water fountain once you are through security. You've saved plastic and saved money on buying overpriced bottled water in the airport.
  • Take the most direct flights possible to use less fuel.
  • Use plastic cups more than once, or bring your own water bottle and keep refilling it.
  • Give out fewer brochures. Offer downloads from websites or
  • Don't rent a car! Take a group airport shuttle to and from The Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, which has suites for just $90/night during our event.
  • Use the towels in your hotel room for more than one day, and ask housekeeping not to change the linens daily. You don't change the linens daily at home, so why have the hotel use so much water and cleaning agents.

RocketPlace has one track for beginners looking for the road map for eBay business success. A second track is for PowerSellers looking for tips on how to grow with all of eBay's recent changes as well as how to use the latest techniques, strategies, and tools to improve their eBay businesses. More information is available on

About As Was
As Was is a full-service consulting firm specializing in branding, design, sales and marketing strategies, operations management, and training for eBay and online sellers. As Was has been making the world's marketplace your marketplace since it was founded in April 1995, and has been an eBay Certified Service Provider since August 2004. For more information, please visit or call 520.204.1935.


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