5 Free Apps to Swap, Share and Sell Your Extra Stuff

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The average American spent $82 per day on consumer goods last month. It’s safe to say that we’re in the grips of a powerful consumption habit.

Not surprisingly, this creates a gargantuan amount of waste. Where does all that stuff go when we’re finished with it? Too often, the landfill. In 2012, Americans generated nearly 251 million tons of trash. That’s over 1,500 pounds of trash per year for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

Sharing can not only keep tons of trash out of landfills, it can save us tons of money. If Americans cut their daily consumer goods habit by half, they could save an estimated $15,000 a year.

There’s never been a better time to share or tools to do it. Below are five apps to help you swap, share, and sell your extra stuff like a pro.

Compare and Share: The One-Stop Sharing Marketplace

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The People Who Share, a UK organization working to mainstream sharing, recently launched a new sharing marketplace called Compare and Share. Being touted as the world’s one-stop shop for the sharing economy, their vision is to be the go-to marketplace to share everything from sporting goods and tools, to rides, cars and houses.

Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Feeds Thousands on Food Waste

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Adam Smith knows food. A trained chef who has worked in numerous restaurants, the 29-year old also knows firsthand how much perfectly good food is wasted. Smith hails from Leeds, England, but it was a year spent working on farms in Australia that inspired The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP), which changed the direction of his life. A pay-as-you-feel cafe model, TRJFP intercepts food headed for the landfill and turns it into restaurant-quality meals.

How to Start a Seed Sharing Campaign in Your Town

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Want to start a campaign to save seed sharing in your town? We’ve put together the following guide to help you do just that. Part of Shareable’s Save Seed Sharing partnership with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, the guide takes you through the necessary steps to organize seed activists in your community and amend your state seed law to explicitly exempt seed sharing.

Borrow a sewing machine? Sacramento Public Library to start loaning more than books

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Have you ever had the urge to play around with a music synthesizer or take a GoPro camera on an adventure, but didn’t want to own one?

It may soon be possible, once the Sacramento Public Library launches its new “Library of Things” program later this month. Library patrons will be able to check out a variety of tools, technology and home appliances the same way they currently borrow books.

Now through Feb. 10, the public can vote online for which “arts and innovation” items they want the library to make available for borrowing. The first round of online voting last fall focused on technology items and the second round on tools.

New Minnesota Bill a Step in the Right Direction for Seed Sharing

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Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature. Authored by State Senator Roger Reinert who represents District 7, including Duluth, where the city council recently passed a seed sharing resolution, the bill has been referred to the Senate Jobs, Agriculture, and Rural Development Committee.

The bill, which has several co-authors, is an attempt to clarify who the state seed law applies to. It’s a step in the right direction for exempting seed sharing from laws intended for commercial seed companies, but seed activists, both in Duluth and those working on a national scale, including the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), say the bill needs further clarification.

If you want to get similar legislation going in your state, visit LegalizeSeeds.org to sign a petition to the director of your State Department of Agriculture.

SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S.

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For the Save Seed Sharing campaign, SELC is partnering with Shareable, Richmond Grows, several other organizations including Seed Matters, SeedSavers Exchange, and concerned citizens. The campaign is designed to educate people about seed sharing issues, support seed sharing communities, and reform overzealous seed laws. The campaign goals are:

  • Educate stakeholders about how seed laws apply to seed sharing through seed libraries.
  • Build public awareness and grassroots support for seed libraries.
  • Empower local stakeholders to engage in policy advocacy to support seed sharing.
  • Remove legal barriers to seed sharing through seed libraries.
  • Support seed libraries that face regulation under seed laws.