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Quantify Your Carbon Savings from P2P Reuse on Tradepal


by Tamar Burton

This Earth Day we unite in support of a healthy planet by inspiring change. As part of the 2012 theme Mobilize the Earth, and the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSDA) in Rio de Janeiro, Rio +20  we encourage everyone to proactively engage in ways that will create a quantifiable outcome by organizing events, volunteering and promoting renewable energy initiatives, and finally pledging support to a Billion Acts of Green. Now with over 997 million acts pledged and counting, our actions today will help to develop a comprehensive plan for sustainable development while inspiring the change necessary to get our world leaders to take bold energy action. 

In honor of Earth Day, we at Tradepal, suggest that you evaluate your carbon footprint and the many ways you can help the environment by reducing, recycling and reusing. To the many supporters of collaborative consumption, we encourage you to quantify the carbon savings your actions generate in changing users’ behaviors with services such as bike, car and ride sharing, swapping and trading. 

Senator Gaylord Nelson, the originator of the Earth Day holiday in 1970: 

"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around."

Tradepal users save money and the environment when trading on our platform. They also have access to a dedicated calculator that quantifies their carbon savings derived from all their trading on the platform. It is surprising to discover the exact amount of carbon savings you have accumulated while trading and giving items away. 

On Tradepal, users may quantify their carbon savings both individually and as a group:

  • individual users who have excess electronics, video games or consumer goods
  • networks such as churches, charities and schools 
  • organizations including local businesses and corporations  
  • cities whose communities need an alternative to yard sales

Gamification Feature:  The Carbon Savings Calculator

It might seem trivial initially, but watching your carbon savings increase with each trade  is truly fulfilling. According to my Tradepal user profile, I have accumulated 354 kg of carbon savings over the past six months. While not sure what it exactly meant, I simply plugged my Tradepal Carbon Savings amount into the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

The following highlights some significant equivalents of my savings: 

  • Carbon sequestered by 9 tree seedlings grown for 10 years 
  • CO2 emissions from 14 propane cylinders used for home BBQs
  • CO2 emissions from 39 gallons of gasoline consumed 


Additional Reading:

Trendsetting Women Leading Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Procrastinators

Just in case you have been procrastinating on your spring cleaning, ButtonedUp has created a list to assist you and offers advice on hosting a virtual yard sale. While Tradepal provides a great service when de-cluttering, it is also useful when:

  • moving
  • selling art 
  • reducing your fashion collection
  • upgrading to the latest electronics
  • reducing your collection of videos
  • trading baby items, and much more

The best features include the ability to list a variety of items, share them with connections who, by the way, use their ‘real identities’, and this process requires only a minute from loading the image to completing the listing. Yes, only a minute!

As varied as the items offered by each user, are the variety of ways for users to transact. While the traditional buy and sell transaction is one option, users may also offer giveaways. For users seeking a trade, they may barter for items by selecting Make Offer to entertain a trade for items listed within their tradepal profile, or maybe a trade plus cash. It’s up to the two parties to decide and the transaction is done privately via their tradepal dashboards.

To read the list, visit ButtonedUp offers 10 easy spring-cleaning shortcuts

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Happy Easter from Bunny Pal Gummy

Wishing our pal’s, their families and friends a great weekend as they observe the holiday.

- The Tradepal Team


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Soul Kitchen: the Sharing Economy’s Restaurant Option

The JBJ Soul Kitchen redefines community by offering healthy restaurant fare and a unique way to pay it forward. In an effort to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, last October the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation launched its’ community kitchen concept. Focusing on volunteerism with a “pay-what-you-can” option, the unique non-profit community program offers a menu devoid of prices. 

The Red Bank, New Jersey restaurant is inspired by chefs and volunteers who prepare healthy three-course meals while helping out neighbors who are less fortunate. The stigma-free kitchen expands on the sharing economy by offering a dining experience where patrons don’t owe anything, but if they can contribute, the Soul Kitchen will accept cash donations or volunteering in exchange for a meal.

For as little as $10 per meal, the non-profit can cover the cost of a meal, while anything extra will help cover someone else’s meal. Volunteer options include cooking, cleaning, serving others, busing tables and even stocking shelves at the restaurant. Now in its fifth year as a non-profit, in addition to the community kitchen, the foundation partners with local charities and churches to provide support, job skills and housing for those in need.

Kitchen 2 from JBJ Soul Kitchen on Vimeo.


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A Wrap-up of SxSWi 2012 by the Tradepal Team


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Convergence of Art and Collaborative Consumption: Artist Brian Ermanski

Patronage has always been central to the art world. In the same way, the concept of artists trading their work for various core needs continues to be relevant today. It is safe to say that artists, as a group, epitomize collaborative consumption.

It is recorded that Andy Warhol provided the Chelsea Hotel with art in exchange for rent. And since Burning Man’s early beginnings in 1986, the annual week long event has fostered the creation of art, community and extreme self-reliance, while prohibiting the use of currency in favor of  barter. More recently, in 2005 graffiti artist David Choe traded murals commissioned for Facebook’s offices in Palo Alto in exchange for Facebook stock. Now standing to join the art elite, his stock is currently valued at $200 million.

These examples of collaborative consumption are nothing new to New York City artist, Brian Ermanski. As the focus of Paul Stone’s short film The Prince of Elizabeth Street, Ermanski reflects on his evolution as an artist. His art has allowed him to build his brand while holding up shop, painting on the corner of Prince and Elizabeth street. Following an assault by a bouncer in 2006, he was left with chronic pain and numbness for years. To support himself, Ermanski slowly sold off all his possessions outside his New York City building and kept only his paintings which he now sells for up to $10,000.

With a new perspective on life he continued his recovery and struggled to return to art. In late 2007, a friend offered him housing in exchange for paintings. This offer turned into two years of housing while additional offers rolled in, including exhibit spaces in exchange for art. He even scored an iPad by trading a painting a little over a year ago. My art is my currency,” says Ermanski. The same form of currency has made it possible for him to get access to a 2,000-square-foot loft in Tribeca to work on his canvases and store his art collection.

In December, 2011 after dreaming for six long years of the opportunity to showcase his artwork during Art Basel Miami, it became a reality. “Friend and fashion designer, Duncan Quinn, offered me space in his boutique and sponsorships to exhibit my art,” says Ermanski. He was in good company, located in The Moore Building and adjacent to Christian Dior’s first-ever pop-up shop in the heart of Miami’s design district. “A very high-profile place to show and that is where my journey has led me,” adds Ermanski. “Duncan even traded me a handmade suit I designed, for a painting he wanted made.”

Ermanski credits various people and opportunities with furthering his growth and survival as an artist. A proponent of incorporating barter and trade, Ermanski’s latest initiative is his profile on Tradepal. Having embraced collaborative consumption early on, Tradepal allows artists to host their collections online and enables them to seamlessly sell and trade within the platform. “With Tradepal, I have a virtual gallery where I am not only connected to all my collectors but also their friends which allows me to build my own distribution channel,” says Ermanski.

With art patrons spanning well beyond Nolita, his admirers remain on notice as part of his personal network while engaging new friends who have also discovered him and his art. The power of collaborative consumption symbolizes artists like Brian Ermanski who have sustained themselves by trading skills in exchange for life’s necessities. Through Tradepal, users create a free profile and become members of a trusted community reaching beyond their circle to discover, share, buy, sell and trade.

“It is powerful to know that each time I list new pieces, my network on Tradepal will automatically be notified,” says Ermanski.

Source Huffington Post

Brian Ermanski’s Profile on Tradepal

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From the Materials Economy to the Sharing Economy

“We cannot run a linear system in a finite planet indefinitely!”, Annie Leonard bluntly states in The Story of Stuff. She even goes further by stating that recycling is not a permanent solution as it does not reduce the waste generated by the production cycle. The materials economy has impacted our wallets while our wasteful behaviors have devastated the environment. Her video compels viewers to evaluate their habits and to make a conscious shift in their consumption choices. 

Is our system in a crisis due to our old school throw-away mindset or are we transitioning into a new era of mindfulness where we make more conscious decisions as we evaluate their future impact?

Formerly reluctant consumers are now adopting the latest trend of selling seldom used items to offset the cost of being fashionable, pay bills or to giveaway rather than dump in landfills.The attributes we were raised on such as thrift, trust and goodwill are definitely making a comeback as the foundation of our communities. Consumers are increasingly adopting new services that allow peer-to-peer sharing, renting, and swapping. 

One intangible benefit from these peer-to-peer startups is they strengthen our communities while minimizing some of the negative impact on the environment. There is a lot of buzz happening around Collaborative Consumption, and 2012 seems to be the year where it might go mainstream, as evidenced by the NBC Nightly News segment ”In a down economy, sharing takes off”, as aired on Jan 15th, 2012. 

We consider “The Story of Stuff” video to be a founding block in the emergence of the Sharing Economy. It has been an inspiration in building our people-centric marketplace at Tradepal. 


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Tradepal: People-Centric Marketplace

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society." - Martin Luther King Jr.


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tradepal: how it works

Tradepal is an online marketplace where people buy, sell, and trade with friends. It leverages communities of friends with real identities. Tradepal is a great alternative to traditional auction and classifieds sites as it allows users to offer an item and/or cash for an item.

Visit Tradepal to learn how easy it is to create your marketplace.

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