Thriftify, an online marketplace for charity shops has launched in the UK following successful growth. Thriftyfy who are already working with most of Ireland’s charity retailers helps charity shops connect to a wider market and unlock fundraising potential during Covid-19.
Thriftify saw an opportunity in 2018 to develop an e-commerce platform for charity shops to help them overcome barriers and sell their donated items to an online audience. Selling online would expand their reach, generating additional income and engaging the general public in sustainable consumption.
In 2020, Thriftify’s overall sales of second-hand gems stopped the release of 36.7 tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere. Putting this into context, the equivalent impact of this thrifting is 1,723 trees absorbing CO2 daily, 5,942 cars off our roads daily, 4,676,862 mobile phones charged and 11,945,088 litres of water being saved.
“Thriftify is changing the way people shop by empowering them to make a sustainable choice and contribute to the circular economy. Fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil but thankfully, consumers are becoming aware of the damaging effects of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet and are looking for alternatives. Instead of buying new, we can lower our impact significantly by opting for used items, making the most of products already out there and discouraging further unnecessary manufacturing.”
– Rónán Ó Dálaigh, founder, Thriftify
If you are a charity shop, social enterprise or ethical retailer you can find out more about applying to sell on the platform here.