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’. Downloading it and participating makes users feel good about being part of a new community with a contemporary outlook on ‘wastefulness’.
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. For example, two thirds of our eldest son’s belongings come from other people and our third son barely knows what packaging is. We wanted to see if we could create something that would offer something similar for other families.
It is a cashless platform, based on ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ (not necessarily concurrently) via the app.
“In a world of scarce resources, globalization without (usage of) new technologies is unsustainable...if every one of India’s hundreds of millions of households were to live the way Americans already do – using only today’s tools – the result would be environmentally catastrophic” Peter Thiel (extract from Zero to One)
YoungPlanet™ combines transactional functionality with sharing economy principles. Users list unwanted items on the app, or look for items they may 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.
collect from near Newington Green N16
collect from near Newington Green N16
baby changing table with inbuilt baby bath, super useful for newborn through to 12 mths or so.
3 colours, reacts to magnet to create a pattern on the nail
only used twice. in as good as new condition. pick up ilford ig1
Cosy sleeping bag. From 8.1kg / 18lbs. 2.5 tog Collection from Homerton only.
barely used - 27 of 28 tablets left, think the bottle is unopened (didn’t want to keep twisting in case I opened haha)
Little pink bike with stabilisers, used. free to be picked up N14
includes lots of avent milk/food storage cups and mini meals pouches which are super useful!
Green yoga mat. Goid condition. just have too many in the house so giving away!
Should fit all pushchairs. Zip has come away slightly at the top but can be sewn back together.
Inward & outward facing baby carrier. Used but good condition. Some fading from the sunshine but has been well loved!
"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"