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In Celebration of Earth Day, Respond.com Announces New Categories for Environmentally Friendly Products and Services

Posted on April 19, 2000

Eco Categories Feature Options from Cloth Diapers to Organic Gardening Solutions and Composting Accessories

By Respond.com

Redwood City, CA — Respond.com, the leading online shopping service that allows buyers to “shop by request,” today announced Eco categories for environmentally friendly products and services.

Consumers now have the option to request ecologically sensitive goods from sellers who are equally concerned about the environment. Categories that currently accommodate the earth conscious include baby care products, recycling related accessories, and organic gardening solutions and composting accessories. Respond.com is committed to promoting environmentally friendly products and services and this summer additional categories will be added ranging from organic and hemp clothing and natural skin care products to EcoTravel.

As an e-company, Respond.com already eliminates pre-Internet paper-intensive processes in its day-to-day operations. And on Earth Day, to push the envelope and offer a way to help further the cause of environmentalism, the company will kick off an ongoing effort to provide environmentally friendly offerings through its popular online service.

Earth friendly products and services that can now be found through

Respond.com include:

  • Apparel & Accessories—Organic and hemp clothing and accessories
  • Health & Beauty—Baby care products such as cloth diapers and services
  • Travel—EcoTravel, such as low impact rain forest tours
  • Office Supplies—Tree Free paper products, and recycling related accessories
  • Home & Garden—Organic, pesticide-free fertilizers

Susie Little, who runs an eco-friendly company specializing in Hemp-based clothing for babies and their moms, is an enthusiastic participant in Respond.com’s environmentally conscious network. “Disposable diapers are non-biodegradable, and many people prefer cloth diapers which are healthier for both babies and the environment, and are thrilled to find an easy, online way to acquire them,” said Susie Little, owner of www.babyhemp.com. “I’m very excited to be working with Respond.com to make our cloth diapers available to environmentally conscious parents.”

One Repond.com buyer, Jessica Parsley, a project director at the Rainforest Action Network, was extremely pleased to find and purchase gifts made of hemp through Respond.com’s service. “Hemp is an environmentally-preferable alternative to cotton, wood, oil, and many other resources. Unfortunately, hemp products can be difficult to find,” says Parsley. “I was thrilled to see how many responses I got from environmentally conscious businesses through Respond.com.”

Consumers also are encouraged to correspond with Respond.com about additional environmentally responsible goods and services they would like to see added to Respond.com’s service by sending email to earth@corp.respond.com.

“I am extremely passionate about preserving a healthy environment, and am delighted that my company has the ability to make a difference by linking environmentally aware buyers with like-minded sellers,” said Will Clemens, CEO of Respond.com. “And this initial expansion is only the beginning, as we will always be adding new environmentally friendly categories.”

In keeping with its commitment to contributing to a healthier environment, Respond.com is also a member of Business for Social Responsibility (www.bsr.org), the leading global resource that helps companies be commercially successful in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities, and the environment.

About Respond.com

Respond.com (www.respond.com) is the leading online shopping service that allows buyers to “shop by request” and use their own words to get exactly what they want. Respond.com takes the work out of shopping, saving buyers effort and time. Sellers with Respond.com benefit by receiving highly targeted leads from customers who are ready to buy. Respond.com has partnered with America Online, American Express, Excite@Home and additional online businesses to provide their members access to Respond.com’s community of buyers and sellers. Based in Redwood City, California, the company is funded by The Barksdale Group, Benchmark Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity along with Access Technology Partners, Amerindo Capital Management, Attractor Investments and Index Ventures. Respond.com was founded in 1998.

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