Local Start-up doing its bit for World Earth Day
Updated: Apr 24
Trustap, was founded by Carrigaline man Conor Lyden in 2017. It is a digital transaction platform that completely protects you from being scammed when transacting with someone you don't know.
For World Earth Day 2023, they are helping combat problems of fast fashion, overconsumption, excess waste and increasing GHG emissions by facilitating products in a second life cycle.
World Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Trustap offers a secure payment gateway for people to buy and sell second-hand items. Through their partnerships with preloved.co.uk in the United Kingdom and Malaysia’s largest classified marketplace, Mudah.my, Trustap is gradually becoming the desired payment solution for pre-owned products. Trustap additionally offers a peer-to-peer payment application, facilitating individuals in private exchanges, making it easy and safe for people to embrace the second-hand reselling market.
While speaking about his developed product, founder & CEO, Conor Lyden stated that "the current systems in place are linear and based on a throwaway culture, meaning that items are discarded at a rapid rate. Our payment gateway has helped accelerate growth within the classified marketplace space and is helping reshape the industry so that consumer-to-consumer purchases become more accessible to all”.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the negative impacts of fast fashion and overconsumption. Online resale platforms such as Depop and Facebook marketplace are continually rising in popularity, indicating a repositioning in consumer trends to seek alternative sustainable and ethical options. By promoting to use of second-hand products, Trustap is helping to combat the effects of environmental degradation. Using these eco-friendly applications is not a complete solution in the fight towards sustainability. Nonetheless, it’s a step forward in the right direction towards a greener, more circular economy.