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The Forgotten R of the Environment

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When we think about the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we immediately recall recycling and the efforts cities make to enforce this practice. Although, there are many practical and effective solutions, the 3R’s don’t receive equal attention. Typically recycling is made easy by providing receptacles to separate paper, aluminum, glass, plastic and even tires.

Recently, we have become more mindful of reducing our consumption of water, electricity, paper products, or even adopt biking and opt for public transportation. But one R - Reuse tends to be overlooked. Consumers participate by using grocery totes, reusable water bottles and by donating items to charities. But these facilities have limited space, and many items are not accepted such as furniture, exercise equipment, textbooks, encyclopedias and electrical fixtures. Much of this never ends up back in circulation even though it could be used by others.  

Tradepal’s mission is to make reuse as easy as recycling. The online service   encourages reuse by simplifying the process so users can list items with images in less than a minute and seamlessly broadcast their virtual sale to their networks. No need for classifieds or to compete with power users to generate visibility. All users’ items are displayed on their profile complete with image, price, condition and description.   

Tradepal offers an online network that engages buy, sell, barter and giveaway with trusted users while helping the environment. Through tradepal’s peer-to-peer marketplace, consumers have a timesaving tool to reduce their estimated $7,000 in unused household items sitting around and put them back into circulation in just 1-click.

Planning a yard sale, but dreading the summer heatwave? Moving and in need to sell or giveaway some items rather than storing them indefinitely? Just visit tradepal and list all your items and share, and the offers will come to your inbox.

This past week I held a moving sale on tradepal and generated hundreds of views and valid offers. As a result, my personal carbon savings increased to 951 kg of CO2, the equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 24 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. 

Here is a summary of the items that were recommerced to four users: 

  • Couch   200 kg
  • Bedroom Set   430 kg
  • Antique make-up table   270 kg
  • Electronics   700 kg
  • 4 Dining room chairs  750 kg
  • Housewares   400 kg
  • Art   100 kg
  • Clothing   30 kg

The total amount of carbon savings from these users was a combined savings of 2,880 kg, or 2.9 tons of COby choosing my recommerced items listed on tradepal rather than new. 

The following highlights some significant equivalents of the carbon savings resulting from this recommerce: 

  • Carbon sequestered by 75 tree seedlings grown for 10 years 
  • CO2 emissions from 120 propane cylinders used for home BBQs
  • CO2 emissions from 320 gallons of gasoline consumed 
  • Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 1 ton of waste instead of sending it to the landfill
  • CO2 emissions from 7 barrels of oil consumed 

To find out the equivalency results of a user’s carbon savings on tradepal, simply enter the amount into the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Author  Tamar Burton

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