BBC and eBay team up to make Britain greener

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The BBC have announced a partnership with eBay to promote the sale of used-only goods on their new environmental portal BBC Green. A recent study found that buying and selling used goods is one of the top ways the average person can reduce their impact on the environment, by reducing unnecessary waste and the resources used in manufacturing new products.

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BBCGreen aims to explain the issues and bust some myths around environmental news. Perhaps more importantly, it aims to inspire people to take action in their own lives to reduce the damage they cause to the environment. Their unique action plan should have something for everyone, whether you’re a long time friend of the earth, or just starting out.

Will Watt, from BBCGreen.com commented: “The aim of our site is to think laterally and practically about ways to live greener. The eBay marketplace is a part of UK shopping culture and joining them to promote their already popular used only goods seemed like a smart idea to inspire our readers to think differently.”

And by creating a market for used goods that never existed before, eBay provides a powerful incentive to this form of recycling. As Torsten Schuppe from eBay says, “Buying and selling your used items is not only good for the environment but also for your bank balance.”

6 Responses

  1. I think it’s a great idea. Anything that opens people’s minds to alternative ways of tackling climate change is important and worthy. The fact everybody comes out a winner in this instance (the BBC, eBay, buyers, sellers and the world!) makes it a great idea so good luck to them.

  2. Hi Alfie, welcome to TameBay ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely agree with you. I had a go with the BBC Action Plan section yesterday, and I think it’s really well-designed. There are lots of really easy things (plus some more difficult things ๐Ÿ˜€ ) that everyone can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

  3. This system already exists in the guise of FREECYCLE. You advertise your unwanted stuff and someone who needs it comes and picks it up for free rather than it going to landfill. Good on the BBC and eBay – the more the merrier.

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