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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – these are the three R’s of recycling and the foundation for environmentally sound consumer behaviour. This means reducing waste, reusing raw materials and recycling correctly. We are happy to show you where you can find second hand items instead of buying new.

What can you do?


  • The “Brocki” is the most popular place to find used clothing, books, furniture, household goods, electronics and much more. One can find a Brockenhaus in almost every city in Switzerland (eg, the Salvation Army or the Blue Cross).


  • At revendo you can buy used and upgraded mobile phones and other electronic products online or in a shop. You will be surprised how many new products you will find there!


  • On Sharely’s rental platform you can rent everyday items straight from your own neighborhood – be it a drill, a fruit press or a bicycle. Particularly for those items that are used only a few minutes a year and then placed back in the cupboard, renting instead of buying makes sense. A similar platform is Pumpipumpe, currently available throughout Switzerland.

Public bookcase:

  • Once purchased, most books are threatened with a dusty existence on a bookshelf. But there’s a better alternative. You can acquire books from a public bookcase for free; and later return them to provide another with reading pleasure.

Bike and ski exchange:

  • At a bike or ski exchange you can purchase used bikes and winter sports equipment for a nominal fee. To find out when and where the exchanges take place, visit or

Additional Information

The production of clothing, furniture and tools contributes significantly to the total carbon footprint. For example, a study commissioned by the Otto Group found that production and transport of a T-shirt is responsible for nearly a third of environmental impacts, with around 3 kg CO2 emissions. Furthermore, today’s clothing and textile industry leans toward «fast fashion», which is marketed and often purchased season after season. As a result, the average German citizen ‘gives off’ around 200 kg of CO2 emissions per year by way of clothing purchases. Needless to say, you can reduce CO2 emissions by switching to second-hand clothes. Of course the same applies to any articles of daily use that are bought second-hand as opposed to new.

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