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...
This was well loved by our daughter, she played with it for hours but now too easy for her. Great because it is 6 disney puzzles in 1. It is super compact so we used to pack it with us if we were going away/ out for the day. The case is abit broken... it used to be hinged, but the inside pieces are in really good condition.
orange polka dot trainers, with rainbows on the heals and velcro fixing. size 28.5 these are worn, but have put them through the wash. i’ve tried to show the area which are stained and include a photo of the sole which has lots of life left in it!
sparkly trainers, with velcro fixing size 28 these are worn, although i’ve put them through the wash. i’ve uploaded photos of the soles and tried to show the fronts where the rubber isn’t bright white anymore.
well used but great quality, will do for running around/playgrounds on warm days
Bundle of weaning items including heat spoons, pots, travel bowl and more spoons! 2 x open baby porridge and rice. Only one or two scoops used from each and both in date until the summer.
"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"