May Al-Karooni realised no one had digitised the waste industry when the bank she worked for moved offices across the road. Rather than moving their office furniture, most of which was in perfect condition, they disposed of it all and purchased brand new furniture.
Seeing this immense waste was a revelation; she knew there were charities and people that needed these items, and that her bank had also incurred high fees for both the disposal and repurchase of the furniture.
This revelation resulted in the birth of Globechain, and with £800 May set up the first Globechain website. She chose to self-fund initially since there was no market or access to funding for services like Globechain at the time.
Since then, Globechain has grown significantly, with valuable product features such as ESG data reporting and Internal Sharing for businesses. Today, Globechain is the biggest reuse marketplace worldwide, with over 10,000 members operating in the UK, Spain, the UAE and New York.
Items are listed on the Globechain marketplace. Alert emails are sent to all members who have registered and signed up to receive alerts.Items are usually requested within 12-24 hours.The listing member chooses who the items go to. The members chat and agree on a collection date and time. Items are collected by requesting members.Members fill out a feedback form. The information is used to create case studies and collect ESG data.
For non-profits: Our reuse marketplace allows you to easily get new and preloved items for free for your cause and your community, reducing your need to buy assets and invest your funding in other areas. We support non-profits and individuals making a difference in all communities working in sectors such as children & youth, education, arts, healthcare, homelessness, disaster recover, disability, housing all around the world.
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