Jo Spolton – Co-Founder
Buying things second hand used to be a lifestyle choice for me, especially once the kids arrived, but for some people it is not a choice but a necessity.
As an ex professional sailor I got to see the ocean not only at its best, but at its worst with drifts of junk stuck in tidal eddies and along coastlines; then we saw countries where nothing gets thrown away because materials are precious! Keeping the reuse, recycle wheel turning, saving people money and keeping stuff out of landfill is my purpose in creating 2Hand.
Sam Turner – Co-Founder
With a young family to think of and a planet that needs as much help as it can get, I’ve tried to change my habits. Whenever I can; I buy second hand; upcycle old furniture and recycle as much as possible. Encouraging others to do so as well is now a mission for me, that’s why 2Hand was born, to make it as easy as possible to bring all the second-hand selling sites into one place.
Stephen Homan-Berry – Co-Founder
“Hey, here’s an idea.. You know that amazing internet-scale tech you’ve been using for global cat meme analytics? Why not use it to rewire a little bit of the economy so there’s less waste?”
“Ok, I’m in!”
Neil Rafferty – Non-Executive Director
I must admit to being skeptical for years about buying second hand items and recycling but that has all changed. After a successful corporate career running a number of companies in Europe my focus over the last 10 years has been to help develop early stage businesses. More and more the need for upcycling and recycling has become clear so when I first met the team it was a ‘no brainer’ to help them develop 2Hand. My involvement has completely changed my buying habits and I am now somewhat of an evangelist for saving our planet.
Art Leyzerovich – Advisor
Marketing is about convincing you to buy stuff you don’t need. That’s the consumerism that makes Western economies go round. But, no one said the stuff has to be new! Yes, I realise buying “used” actually depresses manufacturing of “new” but we don’t really manufacture very much around here any more anyway, do we? So buying used is almost the same as buying local! Help your local economy – buy used.