Trade, Barter, and Swap!

From: Mark Curtis M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:55 PM

Flea markets! Swap meets! Yard sales! Online barter sites! Skill and equipment shares!

Bring an item to trade! Something you want to get rid of, that has value (personal and/or monetary), that you would be willing to trade for something of equal value.

We'll consider ways of trading/bartering and selling used goods (as well as services) to benefit communities and keep stuff from going into landfills.

Each person will have a chance to do a simple cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of their tradable item — from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling.

•  What raw materials were used in its construction and where they might have come from?

•  What energy inputs may have been required to manufacture it?

•  How its manufacture might have impacted the environment?

•  How it likely was distributed and the environmental impacts thereof?

•  How it has been used, by how many people, and what impacts its use might have had?

•  What will happen to it ultimately: go to a landfill, be recycled, be repurposed, etc.?

•  What effect would it have if sent to a landfill?

We'll talk about flea markets, yard sales, and other ways of getting rid of old stuff.

We'll consider issues and solutions around achieving a Zero Waste society (See

We'll discuss the uses of barter and give-away websites such as,, and!

Come make this a fun educational event! See you there!"

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