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Second-hand market protects environment, says report

Private ads portal has released its sustainability report, which shows that even a small second-hand products market such as Hungaryʼs is able to significantly reduce the countryʼs carbon emission footprint. Users of reduced CO2 emissions equivalent to vehicle traffic in Budapest for 45 days.

According to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal, users of most often exchange clothes and mobile phones. The most sold and bought products are womenʼs clothes, followed by kidsʼ clothes, womenʼs shoes, mobile phones, and menʼs clothing.

Statistics show that last year users of potentially saved 0.2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 9,756 tons of plastic. This is the equivalent of all traffic standing still in Budapest for two months and the plastic needed to produce 1.4 billion plastic bags, says the report, which shows that the Second Hand Effect actually reduces our carbon footprint and consumption of materials.

The calculations are based on the assumption that each sold used product replaces the production of a new equivalent product. By analyzing products sold on the site, the report calculated the amount of material needed for products and extrapolated data based on recalculation into the equivalent in emissions of greenhouse gases.

Unsurprisingly, the car category saved the largest amount of materials and greenhouse gases by far on in 2017.  This is due to the fact that cars and other vehicles are complex products and producing them demands a lot of energy and materials.

More findings of the report are available here.