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Every month, millions of unique users visit Blocket and thousands of gadgets find new homes each year. In 2018 these users potentially saved 0.8 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 31,414 tonnes of plastic. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions are equivalent to the emissions generated by the road traffic in Stockholm for almost one year and the savings of plastics are equal to the material needed to produce 4.4 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 177,848 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 2018. In the calculations we have also found out that the secondhand trade saves 177,848 tonnes of steel, which is equal to the amount of steel needed for building 2000 km of railway.

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 13,369
Cars302,296
Books53
Bicycles7,628
Caravans & motor homes116,333
Clothes and shoes 1,712
Motorbikes34,420
Furniture148,281
Phones and gadgets2,096
White goods3,586
Other electonics19,199
Other vehicles141,110
Business travel-167
Power usage- 6
Transports connected to sales- 18,771
Total save771,140