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Secondhand trade is saving the environment mainly by preventing new products from being produced. This means saving pesticides, water, greenhouse gases, the use of chemicals and other things connected to the production chain, that affect the environment in a negative way. This report covers greenhouse gas emissions from production and waste management.

Result Blocket, Sweden Result Blocket, Sweden

The result: 0,8 million tons saved greenhouse gases

The calculations behind this report, built on sales statistics on Blocket in 2015, tell us that Swedes are potentially saving a total of 0.8 million tons greenhouse gases by shopping secondhand on Blocket instead of buying and throwing away. The climate benefit is huge and can be compared to all traffic standing still in Stockholm for one year.

The study proves that the average Swede is able to decrease his or hers consumption emissions by shopping reused things instead of new products.

The secondhand trade from private consumers on Blocket in 2015 was equivalent to 81 kg CO2 per individual, based on the assumptions in the study. 81 kilos CO2 is in turn equivalent to one flight between Malmö and Stockholm or the annual carbon dioxide uptake from four full grown trees. It can also be compared to emissions from an average Swede’s private consumption, that adds up to about 8 tons of greenhouse gases each year.

The amount of CO2 emissions from a product is often related to the size and technical complexity of the product. Briefly this is due to the fact that large quantities of physical materials demands huge amount of energy for extraction and production. Complex products with many components also generates many manufacturing processes that consume much energy. The ad categories saving most CO2 emissions is demonstrating this. Buying large, complex products such as cars, caravans and furniture are saving most CO2 emissions.

RESULT: POTENTIALLY SAVED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION (tons CO2 equivilant)
Children's items 16,746
Cars337,370
Books81
Bicycles8,172
Caravans & motor homes125,772
Clothes and shoes 2,155
Motorbikes34,840
Furniture177,145
Phones and gadgets2,412
White goods4,794
Other electonicsr19,472
Other vehicles154,727
Business travel- 48
Power usage- 9.5
Transports connected to sales- 21,572
Total save862,056