Reusing and Recycling can be as fun as this!

Over the years we have seen various initiatives enabling consumers to trade goods easily with each other for free. The latest twist on the exchange concept is Swap-o-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to donate and receive items without spending money.

Creator Lina Fenequito says the goal of Swap-o-Matic is to promote a shift from unconscious consumption to more sustainable living and hopes the vending machine will show consumers that reusing and recycling can be as fun as buying something new. Users create an account by entering their email address on Swap-o-Matic’s touchscreen and are immediately issued three credits. Once logged in with their email address, they have the choice to donate, receive, or swap. Donating an unwanted item earns the user one credit, whereas receiving an item will costs one credit. Swap-o-Matic has travelled to various venues in New York, including a design gallery and a café. The video below explains Swap-o-Matic in more detail:

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This entry was published on March 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm and is filed under Living, News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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