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Every month, millions of unique users visit Blocket and thousands of gadgets find new homes each year. In 2017 these users potentially saved 0.8 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 21,689 tonnes of plastic. This is the equivalent of all traffic standing still in Stockholm for one year and the plastic needed to produce 3 billion plastic bags. This report shows that the Second Hand Effect actually reduces our carbon footprint and consumption of material.

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The main contributing factor Second-hand trade has towards saving the environment, is preventing new products from being produced. This means minimizing use of chemicals, greenhouse gas emissions, use of water and natural resources and other elements in the production chain that affect the environment negatively. This report explains how second-hand trade contributes to minimizing the use of materials and to saving greenhouse gas emissions from production and waste management.

The result: 0.8 million tonnes saved greenhouse gases and 122,000 tonnes of steel

This report indicates that Swedes are potentially saving a total of 0.8 million tonnes greenhouse gases by shopping second-hand on Blocket, based on Blocket sales statistics in 2017. The climate benefit is huge and can be compared to all traffic standing still in Stockholm for one year. In the calculations we have also found out that the secondhand trade saves 122,000 tonnes of steel, which is the amount of steel needed to build a railway from Malmö to Kiruna.

The amount of material and greenhouse gas emissions from a product is linked to the size and technical complexity of the product. In short, this is due to the fact that large quantities of physical materials demand huge amount of energy for extraction and production. Complex products with many components also generate many manufacturing processes that consume a lot of energy. The categories saving most greenhouse gas emissions and material demonstrate this. Prolonging the life length of large and complex products such as cars, caravans and furniture saves the most!

Result: Potentially saved carbon dioxide emissions(tons CO2 equivilets)
Children's items 15,311
Cars334,325
Books65
Bicycles8,092
Caravans & motor homes128,369
Clothes and shoes 1,893
Motorbikes25,395
Furniture168,373
Phones and gadgets2,249
White goods3,387
Other electonics19,895
Other vehicles166,471
Business travel- 61
Power usage- 40
Transports connected to sales- 20,726
Total save853,998