Listia – Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Listia - recycle for free and keep things from the landfill

Listia - recycle for free and keep things from the landfill

If you’re a Freecycle fan, you’ll know that for all the people who love Freecycle, there are just as many who loathe it.

Many dissatisfied users have set up their own systems – a variation on the theme of giving things to others for free rather than throwing them in landfill.

We did an extensive piece on Snaffle Up last year and this week I heard about Listia.

Launched in August 2009, Listia is more like eBay without the cash. You bid on other users’ items with credits that you earn.

There are several ways to earn credits; you get them for signing up, listing items and referring friends. If there is something you have to have, you can buy credits!

The upside of using a credit system is that no-shows are virtually eliminated and you are not inundated with emails which do not concern you.

Listia have several thousand users who are predominately around the San Francisco / NYC at the moment. But who knows how it might gain popularity and be in a town near you soon!

What about you – are you a Freecycle fan, do you prefer Snaffle Up or have you found another gifting service we need to hear about?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Listia seems to have a good system, where credits can be built up for bigger purchases. With more active consumers resulting the market for ‘sales’ should be bigger and therefore more likely to be an effective way to Reuse unwanted items.

  2. LJayne says:

    My local Freecycle has just left the original set up and started on its own because they said the host site was imposing too many restrictions that were preventing some things from actually being saved from landfill. So am off to explore the new site later.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: HI John, I’m not sure yet how I feel about the bidding system, but I will check it out to see more about how it works for users.

    @LJayne: Lesley, one of our local groups is switching too. it will be interesting to see how things change. I hope you get on well with the new site!

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