|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 http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/)
We'll discuss the uses of barter and give-away websites such as Yerdle.com, TrashBank.com, and Craigslist.org!
Come make this a fun educational event! See you there!"