YoungPlanet is a platform and app that will facilitate 'turning the stuff you don't need into the things that others enjoy'

How it works

  • Register an account or login with Facebook
  • Tap the big plus, add a photo, select category, add a text … and that’s it!
  • Tap the search bar to find what you’re looking for by keyword or category
  • Star favourite items you wish to come back to later
  • Request an item to start a chat with the owner and arrange a collection
  • Meet other parents in your community!
  • Tap the search bar to find what you’re looking for by keyword or category
  • Tap the search bar to find what you’re looking for by keyword or category
  • Tap the search bar to find what you’re looking for by keyword or category

About us

introduction

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’.

the beginning...

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.

What it is...

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.

What our users say

"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"

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