Salvation Army saves 24,000 tonnes of CO₂ through second-hand purchases

myclimate has calculated the CO2 emissions saved by the Salvation Army in 2020 through second-hand purchases in the 20 brocki stores in Switzerland. In line with the upcoming World Environment Day on 5 June 2021, the Salvation Army uses the moment to communicate this figure and to thank its customers for the CO2 emissions saved. It doesn't matter whether you choose worn jeans, a second-hand mug or a book already read: In each case, CO2 is saved for the sake of the environment, because the production, transport and packaging of new goods are eliminated.

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But how much is actually 24,000 tonnes of CO2?

The same amount of CO2 is stored, for example, by around 24,000 80-year-old beech trees, saved by not eating 1,070 tonnes of beef or corresponds to the amount of CO2 saved if 48,000 people used a bicycle instead of their own car for short journeys for one year. The impressive savings show that each and every individual can contribute to a more sustainable future with conscious consumer behavior.

For Jakob Amstutz, Managing Director of the Salvation Army, the figures are an incentive for the future: «We want to continue to uphold the idea of sustainability and support our customers in contributing to environmental protection with their purchases. » And adds: «Of course, we now hope to exceed this figure year after year. » With the concept of offering second-hand and worn items, the sustainable use of resources is already in the DNA of the 20 Brocki branches throughout Switzerland.

Calculation method

In the calculation method, myclimate took into account the production, packaging and transport of new products. The calculation method is always based on the minimum emissions of an item, which is intended to take into account the different circumstances of a product. In some categories, the values are roughly approximated, i.e. average values within the respective product category. Over the course of a year and across all products sold, these differences are largely put into perspective.

Learn more about this on the sustainability page of the Salvation Army

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