Single-use plastic products policy

eBay is committed to sustainability and supports a thriving environment for our customers, our company and our planet.

This policy was published on 22 August 2023.

This policy reflects our commitment to protecting the environment while helping our members follow environmental legislation, regulations and requirements.

What is the policy?

Single-use plastics (SUPs) are items that are used once, or for a short period of time, before being thrown away. Single-use plastic products are not allowed. SUPs include the following:

  • Checkout bags for groceries and other goods
  • Cutlery such as forks, knives and spoons
  • Straws and stirrers
  • Food and beverage containers, plates and lids
  • Cigarette filters
  • Cotton bud sticks
  • Balloon sticks and ties
  • Wet wipes for personal care and cleaning
  • Sanitary towels, tampons and tampon applicators that contain plastic
  • Non-biodegradable plastic tea bags
  • Confetti

Reusable and sustainable alternative products are allowed.

Activity on eBay is required to:

  • Follow all applicable laws
  • Respect the rights of third parties
  • Follow the eBay User Agreement
  • Follow this eBay policy

If activity doesn't meet these requirements, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: administratively ending listings or cancelling transactions, hiding or lowering the placement of listings in search results, lowering seller rating, restricting buying or selling, forfeiture of fees, loss of buyer or seller protections, restricting access to member communication and rating tools, removing Feedback, and account suspension.

Visit Seller Help to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

We embrace sustainable practices as part of our commitment to operate with integrity. This policy helps to increase awareness of single-use plastics and how eBay customers can help to protect the environment, while complying with applicable environmental legislation, regulations and requirements. Please see our Sustainable commerce - opens in new window or tab page for more information.

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