The full report

The environment is a growing and significant driving force for buying and selling secondhand. This report shows that the Second Hand Effect actually reduces our carbon footprint. Users on Schibsted’s marketplaces in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Norway saved 12.5 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2015.

The full report The full report

There are many reasons why people sell and buy stuff on sites for secondhand shopping. One obvious reason is to make a good deal. Another reason is that people also see it as a practical way to get rid of furniture and other things. There is also a growing trend to shop vintage items and clothes. Last but not least there is the environmental argument. Schibsted’s Swedish marketplace, Blocket, has conducted user surveys showing that the growing awareness of climate change is getting stronger as an incentive to use the site. No matter what the motivation might be, the trade on these sites is an important contribution to reducing our carbon footprint.

AN AGGREGATED RESULT

This full reports result table shows the aggregated amount of CO2 potentially saved from all five marketplaces. As the ad categories are somewhat varied on the different sites we have selected a few common categories to illustrate how the total result is compiled. You’ll find more detailed statistics, with all categories on the sites individual reports.

THE CALCULATION

To calculate the climate savings we have collaborated with IVL The Swedish Environmental Research Institute. IVL has used sales statistics from the marketplaces, as well as customer surveys and information about energy consumption in the operation from the site’s office and its server rooms. The method behind the calculation is based on the assumption that each sold used product replaces the production of a new, equivalent one including the waste management of the product. By analyzing products sold on the sites, IVL have extracted climate data that has been recalculated into their equivalents in kilograms of carbon dioxide.

WHY CARBON DIOXIDE?

We speak of carbon dioxide since it is the most important one of greenhouse gases. It’s a result of combusting all kinds of material as well as from humans and animals breathing. As we use more and more resources the CO2 levels are constantly growing and increasing the greenhouse effect – causing global warming. As a result we see more environmental disasters, less drinkable water and smaller harvests.

A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

In December 2015 this challenge was recognized by world leaders and at the COP21 meeting in Paris, a much needed global agreement to keep the global temperature rise to no more than two degrees was signed. The main effort to slow down the current pace of global warming is to minimize the emissions of greenhouse gases. Each country has defined national environmental goals to be able to reach this global target, with actions for businesses, states and the population. The populations’ actions are often connected to our consumption and behaviors.

One way of contributing is by trading secondhand.

RESULT: POTENTIALLY SAVED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION (tons CO2 equivilant)
Sport and hobbies170,000
Home and people2,100,000
Vehicles10,100,000
Electronics650,000
Business travel- 1,132
Power usage- 5,239
Transport connected to sales- 457,460
Total savings12,556, 169