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Circular Economy

Giving products the chance to have many lives and benefit many people

Our Approach

eBay was driving a circular economy long before most people even knew what it meant. Our first transaction was a broken laser pointer. Instead of sitting unused, it was sold to someone who wanted to give it new life.

More than our history, the circular economy is our future. One where buyers become sellers, giving every item renewed life and value. We work closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and, as members of CE100, we collaborate with other leading companies and engage our eBay community to create a more sustainable economy
that’s better for our planet.

Engine of the Future

Fast Facts

Amount of e-waste avoided through preowned phone sales in the U.S. and U.K. in 2016
CO2e saved through the sale of preowned clothing in the U.S. and U.K. in 2016
Number of Apple iPhone 6 units that found new owners within 90 days of the next model release

Our Goal

By 2020, create $2.5 billion in positive economic impacts and avoid 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions through people selling their preowned electronics and apparel on eBay

View all Global Impact Goals

Circular Economy in Action

Nick Martin sold all his possessions on eBay to live in his van, travel the U.S. and race bicycles. Today, Nick owns eBay’s largest used cycling source—The Pros Closethelping people access the quality parts they need while keeping products in use longer.

Read Our Global Impact 2016 Summary

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