At eBay, the work we do is inspired by our customers, communities and the planet. We strive to get small businesses up and running online in service of building economically vibrant and thriving communities. Around the world, we help extend the life of products through the resale of pre-owned and refurbished items on our global marketplace.
By keeping products in circulation longer, we contribute to a robust circular economy that’s essential for the sustainability of our planet.
We know that our community is on the journey too. Since 2016, we have seen a sizable rise in searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ and the past year of lockdowns has ultimately sped up the transition to a greater value-driven and sustainability-conscious consumer society.
With over 29 million buyers across the UK, eBay empowers consumers and brands alike to drive circular fashion forward through buying and selling. In 2020, the equivalent of 900 double decker buses was saved from landfill, thanks to purchases of pre-loved items on the marketplace. Within the fashion category, there were two secondhand items sold every single second that year.
eBay is home not just to big brands, but also to 300,000 small businesses in the UK, many of whom have started their own vintage or second-hand fashion businesses to help keep UK fashion circular while creating an income stream.