Consumers buy used items for environment’s sake 

Concern for the environment and the pursuit of sustainability – protecting and conserving finite resources for future generations – appear to be driving a growing preference for what are variably called pre-loved, pre-owned, used, or second-hand pieces. 

This is one of the important findings of The Carousell Commercial Index 2021 Report. @Djon Nacario, new general manager of @Carousell Philippines, presented some highlights of the report during a recent virtual press conference. 

That is good news. Consumerism is one of the major causes of environmental degradation and destruction. People’s demand for a wide variety of goods and services has resulted in the mindless and destructive extraction and harvest of raw materials that threaten the survival of many animal and plant species. 

The 2021 report was based on a study conducted by the Carousell Media Group and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Southeast Asia. Carousell is arguably the number one online classified advertising platform in the Philippines. 

“As more people in the Greater Southeast Asian region shift in  their values and beliefs towards secondhand and sustainability,  their behavior notably shifts correspondingly,” the study found.  Users of the Carousell Group platforms who bought pre-owned items realized the environmental impact of a second-hand piece was lesser compared to a brand-new product that would have used newly extracted or harvested raw materials. Of course, there are still many consumers – more than a quarter in fact of the survey respondents – who preferred brand-new products. Their main concern about buying secondhand goods  was quality.   

Despite this concern, surprisingly the top category for pre-loved purchases was Women’s Fashion. Men’s Fashion and  Hobbies and Toys climbed to second and third place, respectively, in 2020 when the corona virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic was at its worst. 

Listing views for  used cars rose by 37 percent during the pandemic. 

Nacario shared most people’s views that the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the growth of e-commerce and, consequently, Carousell’s online classified ad service. “People were able to access a variety of products and services from the safety and convenience of their homes,” he said. 

With the gradual change in behavior among consumers, including those in the Philippines, as concern for the environment grows, Carousell is encouraging people to de-clutter their homes and turn into cash items they no longer want but may be of use to other people by offering them through Carousell. 

Apply for national ID in malls 

I’m sure many people will be happy to know that they can now apply for the national identification card and have their biometrics details taken all in one place.  When registration started for the national ID, which will be the singular proof of identity accepted anywhere and everywhere in the country, people were supposed to apply online and have their biometrics details collected in designated places, mainly shopping malls.  

We were at @Robinsons Place Manila recently and saw that space occupied by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was virtually empty. On the off chance the policy had changed, my nephew asked if they would accept applications for the national ID.  

They did. So we filled out the necessary form, showed a valid government ID and had all the biometrics details collected – iris scan, fingerprints, photograph – the whole process completed in less than half an hour. 

So next time you go malling, see if PSA has a setup there and apply for the national ID. 

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