Founded by parents to address the inherent waste, product obsolescence and cost of raising children as well as to help declutter modern homes and keep things out of landfill, YoungPlanet is a platform and app designed to ‘turn the stuff you don’t need into the things that others enjoy’...
YoungPlanet started as a family project and came about as a result of living and working in London, New York, Dallas, Paris, Istanbul and Moscow and entering new communities with young children. Having travelled a bit as a family we have been inspired by the amount of children’s stuff we had been able to acquire through US style ‘garage sales’ and ‘hand me downs’ in the various places we have lived... One such item was a red fire truck coveted by our first son but also loved by his brothers - the vendor refused payment for the toy stating that it "was more valuable to see it go to good use and to a happy child" and this got us thinking...
It is a cashless platform, based on ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ (not necessarily concurrently) via the app and for free.
“Live the way you want to live, but just don't waste..."
Sir David Attenborough, Seven Worlds: One Planet
YoungPlanet combines transactional functionality with sharing economy principles. Users list unwanted items on the app, or look for items they may want or need. In the latter case they make contact with the ‘giver’ and exchange messages to arrange the exchange either in person, at a drop off location, or via the post or courier.
All and always given and received for free...
Small play mat for babies , in good condition. Some minor scratches. More details : Bright Starts, Prop Mat - Giggle Safari https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015QVPSQI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M2STX9VF8JCBJTN9CAZH 35.81 x 9.65 x 30.73 cm; 520 Grams. Pick up from London E3 area in between Landon Park and Devons Road DLR station .
Caterpillar from Early Learning Centre Sheep from Skip*Hop Both could do with a little wash but plenty life left in them both
Push down toy shaped like beehive with bees that spin around when pressed down. Good for fine motor skills and general entertainment ☺️
Bugaboo Gecko frame, for use with both the baby bassinet and the older child seat. Has been well used but still has plenty of life left in it. Collection from E5 nr Clapton Pond
Bugaboo Gecko seat - well used and has some stains on it but a surface wash should clean it up. Collection from E5 near Clapton Pond
"It's easy to use and there are some good things [on it]"
"Extremely clear, simplistic and easy to use"
"It's been great to find items I need for my baby"
"Looks good and feels personal"
"Interface is visually appealing and easy to navigate"
"Great app – keep building it"
"I love the idea, [sharing] is how I've been surviving as a single mum"
"The idea of buying something new for my baby sickens me because it lasts such a short time – I would rather he wears his sister's stuff!"
"I'm just refurbishing my daughter's room and don't have a big budget so it would be lovely to have your [item] or swap it for something you may need"
"The best thing is making connections with other parents and being able to receive much needed stuff for free. In time I'll love being able to make space by passing things on"
"I'm a single mum so not always easy to find money for books as they are lovely but a bit expensive"
"I would be perfect to promote the app. I know all places mums go and am absolutely in this network of people and think it's an excellent cause"