02 Feb 2024


Finally, scientific proof is that buying second hand can reduce your carbon footprint.
I was recently invited to a conference by The Sale Room, discussing a report put together by Mike Berners-Lee, author of 'How Bad Are Bananas?' commissioned by ATG (Auction Technology Group). The report was based on how much carbon is saved when you buy at auction or second hand.
A person in the UK's annual carbon footprint is 13 tonnes; by buying second-hand, this is reduced. For example, if you purchase a pre-loved sofa, your savings on your carbon admission would be 0.56 tonnes and an armchair 0.16 tonnes.
Along with some reassuring stats, 75% of consumers aged 25 and under say sustainability is more important than brand names. 67% of people born between 1965 and 1980 prefer to buy from companies that conduct their business sustainably. And it's not just your carbon footprint you are saving on; it's also the pounds! Have a look at the below slide showing the price difference of an Ercol Table brought at auction. No brainer for me!
Read the full ATG report here
For the complete article and report, read here.