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...
Trousers, gillet, rain coat, t-shirts, tops and jumpers. Used but good condition.
7 short sleeve and 1 long sleeve vest. Used condition but plenty of life left.
A pair of size 6 ugg-style camouflage boots with dinosaur spikes down the back. Used but excellent condition.
Gap blue size 12 skinny half band jeans Gap dark blue size 12 skinny full band jeans Asos black size 10 skinny full band jeans. Need repair - band is coming away at the back. Gap navy khaki shorts size 12 Also (not pictured) Dorothy Perkins vest navy size 12
"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"