Positive changes always start small
Then they gain traction and grow. First we make a small change. Then you do. And together we’ll make a huge difference for our planet. That’s because whether you mean to or not, you’re making the sustainable choice when you buy and sell on Ricardo.
How? Because Ricardo is your local site for second-hand shopping. Our mission is to join forces with our four million members to make Ricardo the most trusted and convenient marketplace for sustainable shopping. This keeps products in circulation for longer, saves resources and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
And that puts a smile on our face – and hopefully on yours, too. On Ricardo you can find common as well as unique items that you’ve been wanting for a while at prices you can afford. Got something collecting dust on your shelf? If you sell it, you’ll earn some extra money and make someone’s day. Plus you’ll save another unused item from landfill. That’s what we’re all about.
Do you fit in with our mission? Then join our team!
We’re going round in circles. But in a good way.
Our motto is ‘secondhand first’ because our business model promotes the circular economy concept and is built around it. ‘Circular economy’ is a catch-all term covering all the ways in which we try – and manage to – keep materials and products in active use for as long as possible.
To support us in our endeavours, we have a select group of partners who – like us – believe in making consumer behaviour more sustainable and seek to achieve this through joint initiatives.
Our initiatives and partners
National Secondhand Day is an annual campaign in Switzerland to promote sustainable shopping habits. The initiative was launched by us, myclimate, Circular Economy Switzerland and 20 Minuten.
We were involved in organising the 2021 Geneva Climathon as one of the project’s Challenge Partners. The event saw professionals from all different sectors sketch out creative solutions to fight climate change.
We began taking steps to reduce the number of new items for sale on Ricardo in 2019. As of 2020, one in two listings and around 67% of sales were for pre-loved products. And the trend continues to grow.
Circular Economy Switzerland (CES) gives us the opportunity to get involved in a network of companies that is working on Switzerland’s transition from a linear economy to a circular one.
We’ve been climate neutral since 2020.
We worked with our partner myclimate to calculate our precise CO₂e* emissions for 2020, which came in at 120 tonnes. Yet our emissions are still net zero – zilch, nada, nothing. How, you ask? Like this:
We achieve more together.
With our #RicardoForGood initiative, our marketplace gives you the opportunity to bid on unique, personal items from famous people and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Swiss and international stars – and all for a good cause. Discover #RicardoForGood
Are there other reasons to join?
Of course! Whether you’re buying, selling, browsing or looking for inspiration, everyone is welcome to become a Ricardo member.
Security is our top priority. We’ve made sure your experience with Ricardo is secure from start to finish. You can shop with confidence: our sellers have had their identities verified, and our security team is always active. If something does go wrong, you are covered by our buyer and seller protection.
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