Many of us are conscious of our impact on the planet and we want to do our part to alleviate some of the damage humanity is doing to our environment. Some of the ways we do this is through recycling, buying reusable products, and using sustainable energy. However, it’s easy to forget that another way to protect the environment is through recommerce.
Recommerce is the buying and selling of used items, which we do by visiting thrift stores and through websites like eBay. It’s estimated that the average American household has 36 items that can be resold for an approximate value of $3,675. Buying pre-owned items is also on the rise as 72% of eBay sellers and 81% of Gen Zers (age 18-24) say that buying pre-owned has become more common in recent years.
While recommerce is benefiting the wallets of both sellers and buyers, it is also benefiting the environment by reducing waste and reducing the need for production of new items. In fact, 720,000 metric tons of carbon emissions were conserved through people selling pre-owned electronics and apparel on eBay.
Recommerce is good for buyers, sellers, and the entire planet. It just makes sense.
Infographic Source: https://www.ebayinc.com/impact/recommerce-report/