thredUP partnerships open the door to secondhand shopping at major retailers

September 2, 2019 by  
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Whether it is a handbag from the 1970s or a leather motorcycle jacket circa 1999, what’s old is new again, and online retailer thredUP sees the circular economy movement as a thriving opportunity. The consignment retailer and secondhand shop recently kicked off RAAS, or Resale-As-A-Service, a project to attract traditional department stores to get on board with more sustainable fashion . “The closet of the future … is going to look very different than the closet of today,” said James Reinhart, CEO and co-founder of thredUP. “If you think back 10 years ago when we started, you had none of these direct-to-consumer brands. There was no such thing as rental. There were no subscription companies. In just these 10 years, we’ve had a radical shift in how people shop and buy apparel . And I think that shift is going to continue.” Related: G7 summit — Fashion companies make a pact to protect the planet The retailer collects around 100,000 pieces of secondhand items daily and says resale is growing 21 times as fast as the larger retail market; it could be a $51 billion market by 2023. Shoppers propelling the growing circular economy are Millennials and Gen Zers — the 18- to 37-year-old population — who are purchasing about 2.5 times more than any other age group. Big box stores, like JCPenney and Macy’s, have seen their sales yo-yo in recent years and have signed on with thredUP. In doing so, the retailers have three options: store pop-up, online collaboration or a loyalty program. Some experts believe department stores will lean toward pop-ups, because they tend to attract more shoppers. As reported by Forbes , pop-ups offered by thredUP will be between 500 and 1,000 square feet and “feature new items on a weekly basis, offering brands that aren’t already in a typical Macy’s or JCPenney. There will be 100 pop-ups by Labor Day.” According to Reinhart, the loyalty program has been the top option, where shoppers can purchase items from thredUP’s retail partners and also receive a “clean out kit.” Buyers use this kit to send in pre-loved clothing items to thredUP — thredUP retains the markup on resold items, consumers get credits and bonuses with the retailer and the retailer sees improved customer retention. It’s a win-win-win. thredUP has reportedly received more than $300 million in total funding for the project. It’s possible that thredUP’s RAAS initiative may help grow the circular economy and give struggling department stores a brighter future. + thredUP Via TreeHugger , Forbes and FirstResearch Image via Burst

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14-year-old girl convinces major British grocery to stop selling caged hen eggs

July 26, 2016 by  
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14-year-old Lucy Gavaghan of England is on a mission to stop the sale of eggs from caged hens. She convinced major British company Tesco to agree to end the sales of “caged eggs” by 2025, and isn’t finished yet. She’s now targeting British companies Asda and Morrisons, and if you want to help you can sign her newest petition here . Gavaghan worked for a few years to stop the sales of caged eggs by writing letters to politicians and supermarkets, but felt that no one was listening. She knew there would be others in the world who, like her, also wanted to stop the sales of eggs from caged hens, so in February 2016, she started a Change.org petition . In total, 280,278 people signed the petition. Related: Kid sisters raise $800,000 with origami to dig water wells around the world Gavaghan met with Tesco’s head of agriculture in May. She said after the meeting, she didn’t really think they would change their policies, but this month finally received a call. Tesco said they’d ” stop selling caged eggs by 2025 .” While the European Union banned putting hens inside battery cages in 2012, the industry began to use “enriched cages” instead. But Gavaghan says the hens still don’t have enough space in those cages – only around the dimensions of an A4 paper (that’s around 8 by 12 inches). Gavaghan said in her first petition, “I have five hens myself, two of them are ex-commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to end caged and barn farming…These methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural, and inhumane.” After her success with Tesco, Gavaghan plans to ensure they keep their word and is now targeting other grocery stores that still sell caged eggs, Asda and Morrisons . About a week ago she started another Change.org petition, and has already racked up 176,697 supporters. You can add your name to the petition here . + End the sale of eggs from caged hens in Morrison’s and Asda Via The Telegraph Images via Lucy Gavaghan ( 1 , 2 )

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Every gas station in Russia will have an electric vehicle charger by November 2016

September 11, 2015 by  
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Russia’s prime minister is demanding that all gas station owners in the nation install an electric vehicle charger by late next year. The mandate is a strange attempt to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in a country with a suffering oil industry, but even with its flaws, it represents a good example for other nations. If you build it, will they in fact come and plug in their electric cars? Read the rest of Every gas station in Russia will have an electric vehicle charger by November 2016

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In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

April 17, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, which is essentially a collection of Tesla’s competitors in the state, has supported a measure to allow Tesla to continue their direct sales model without relying on a third-party dealership. Like many states, Maryland has laws that bar car makers from selling directly to the public, and those laws help dealerships take a slice out of the auto-buying business. In states where Tesla has won the ability to continue their sales , new legislation has been enacted to create an exception for electric car makers like Tesla, typically with a few caveats. In Maryland, a similar bill has already passed the state’s house and senate, and Governor Larry Hogan could sign it into law as soon as April 28. Having the backing of the largest dealership association in the state won’t hurt Tesla’s odds of getting their cars on the road in Maryland. Via Autoblog Image via Tesla Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric cars , electric vehicles , elon musk , tesla , tesla banned in maryland , tesla close to selling in maryland , tesla sales in maryland

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Beautiful Jan bicycle is made with a handcrafted wooden frame

April 17, 2015 by  
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Apple to protect 36,000 acres of forest lands, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

April 17, 2015 by  
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The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black over the years, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first, the iPhone maker shared the news that it has purchased 36,000 acres of forest land for the express purpose of protecting it from future development. The other announcement was about two new solar farm projects which are already under construction in China , duplicating clean energy efforts the company has already made here in the U.S. Read the rest of Apple to protect 36,000 acres of forest lands, and is building 2 new solar farms in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple buys forest , apple clean energy , apple solar farms , china , conservation of forests , forest conservation , nature conservation , solar farm , Solar Power , sunpower

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WaterMade Sets Up Sustainable Water Projects in Africa Funded by Sales of Recycled Handmade Ugandan Jewelry

October 15, 2014 by  
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UK-based nonprofit WaterMade is a social enterprise that raises money for water projects across East Africa from sales of jewelry handmade from recycled materials by women’s groups in Kampala, Uganda. Founded by the Sheffield water charity The Long Well Walk , the student-run WaterMade nonprofit operates a number of different projects and helps provide a sustainable income to local communities. Funds from WaterMade sales also support the charity group ‘ Kid’s Clubs Kampala ,’ which creates education and community programs to help lift Ugandan children out of poverty. + WaterMade The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charity , handmade jewelry , kids club kampala , reader submitted content , Recycled Materials , sheffield , the long well walk , Uganda , ugandan jewelry , water charity , water projects , Watermade

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Tesla’s Sales Surge at the End of 2013 with Highest Sales Ever in the Fourth Quarter

January 16, 2014 by  
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Tesla is reporting that its sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest ever in the company’s history, with almost 6,900 vehicles delivered. The sales in the last quarter of 2013 exceeded expectations by 20 percent, which can also be attributed to higher production numbers. Read the rest of Tesla’s Sales Surge at the End of 2013 with Highest Sales Ever in the Fourth Quarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , electric car , electric cars , electric motor , green car , tesla , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s , Tesla roadster        

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Small businesses boosted green products sales during recession

September 11, 2013 by  
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Small businesses that follow sustainable practices saw higher sales of green products and services during a down economy.

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Electric Vehicle Sales Up Nearly 530 Percent Since Last Year

August 7, 2013 by  
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Image © Flickr U.S. sales of electric vehicles have increased an astronomical 522 percent since 2012 – July sales are up 529 percent compared to last year. When plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional hybrids are thrown in to the mix, sales are up 80,000 cars in 2013. Hit the jump to see our breakdown by car company (not including the new Fiat 500e, which launched in the U.S. in April and has already sold out in California .) Read the rest of Electric Vehicle Sales Up Nearly 530 Percent Since Last Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet volt , electric vehicle , ev , ford fusion electric , hybrid , Nissan Leaf , plug-in , sales , Tesla Motors        

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