The potential impact of increasing online resale of products 

The Benefits of Reuse project was originally created in 2011 by WRAP to estimate economic, environmental and social indicators for re-use, for the first time. 

Our latest report conducted on behalf of eBay explores the potential role of reuse in helping people across the UK in the current cost-of-living crisis, and considers the potential environmental and economic benefits to households of buying second hand items through online exchange. 

While the research only provides a snapshot, it does suggest that reusing items currently discarded could save UK households between £2 and £8 billion per year.

Experimenting with preloved and repurposed items more could also take the pressure off natural resources, with the potential to reduce emissions by between 1.5 to 3 million tonnes CO2eq. 

Download the full report. 

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  • The Role of Reuse in Helping Families Through the Cost-of-Living Crisis Report

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