Posted on June 15, 2017
FINDINGS of a research conducted by OLX.com.ng and Climate Stewards have shown that transactions on the OLX platform last year “helped prevent the emission of 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to you flying around the world 160,000 times.”
The Marketing Manager, OLX, Fifemayo Aiyesimoju, said, “To further put things into perspective, it is also equivalent to 17,000 tankers worth of petrol.”
She, therefore, urged Nigerians to celebrate the World Environment Day by giving a detailed report on how transactions on the OLX site had helped reduce the effect of carbon emissions on the environment.
The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Connecting People to Nature’.
Aiyesimoju said that due to the effect of climate change, which could be observed by off season rains and dry spells,
“It is more important than ever to protect the environment we live in. This is why OLX is creating awareness about how re-using items ensures every Nigerian can play their part in protecting the environment,” the marketing manager added.
According to her, carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community.
She said, “Every time one sells a product on OLX, the life of the product gets extended. Every time one buys a used product, one less item gets produced, lowering CO2 emissions.
“To calculate carbon emission, all stages in the life-cycle of a product, from raw material procurement till it reaches a user, were taken into account for eight product categories on OLX.
“The categories covered include cars, mobile phones, televisions, laptops, sofas, tablets, cameras, and books. Other categories such as fashion and beauty, hobbies, arts and sports, real estate and jobs were not included.”
Aiyesimoju added, “With thousands of quality used goods listings on the platform, you can start doing your part in helping out the environment and fight against climate change. Start your journey towards a cleaner and greener planet. Visit or download the OLX app to jumpstart your winning environment-friendly transactions!
“Globally we estimate that around 11 million items are exchanged through our platforms every single month, giving products a second life and reducing their ecological footprint.”