With the advancement of technology, our environment has suffered and we are realizing that our Earths resources are more finite than, the originally thought, infinite. Schools, communities, and businesses make efforts to reduce waste, recycle waste, and reuse waste, but they are not keeping up. So why not prevent the waste instead of cleaning it up after we have already made it? Technology today allows individuals to form communities—communities that help raise awareness online from far and wide. One way each member may contribute, in the effort to preserve our Earth, is to promote sites like eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist. Imagine a site that could do all of those things that those sites could do and more. WasteGate is the result of this fantasy with its ability to save the environment and money while establishing a sense of community.
Popular web-based apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google + have made it big in their ability to connect people across virtual space. Perhaps the biggest reason for this lies in our innate need to be part of a community, especially under the pressure of a common goal. In this case, the common goal is to go green to save our planet. WasteGateapp.com allows you to work towards this goal through several versatile methods. Swapping is the “greenest” method by taking used items and swapping them with another member of the WasteGate community for an item he/he may want to get rid of. This method is flexible in that you may open yourself to a wider range of items that may not have been affordable. It also saves you money, fosters future swaps, and helps build relationships. Bidding is another green method where a seller may have buyers bid on an item at buyer-driven pricing. This method saves time and has a certain competitive aspect. The final method is the standard “buy at set price” option. This method is quick and easy, hassle-free and relieves buyer and seller of future obligations. Also, to keep in mind, is our fortunate position that affords us to have and throw out a lot of belongings. What if you could give what you do not need to those who do need it instead of just throwing it out? Well now you can with WasteGate! For example, college students, when it comes time to move to college and you have to squeeze into that tiny dorm, you tend to get rid of a lot of things. A lot of those things that you can easily get rid of, others would want. The same problem occurs when it’s time to move back home and you have to fill the trunk with your stuff to go back home. Some items are going to be going in the trash, unless you utilize the power of WasteGate and know that your collected items are going to people who desire them and have room for them.
WasteGate was coined by the founders of the app where “takers” may obtain items they want without the standard currency and “givers” can offer items in exchange for other goods or points. Currency on WasteGate is another unique and environmentally friendly element. Money is made of cotton and linen fibers that come from Earth’s natural resources. This is a waste of resources, but with WasteGate’s money system, virtual coins are used. The buyer buys virtual coins then pays with those virtual coins.
In regards to credibility, WasteGateapp.com has features that allow the buyer and seller to make a more sound judgement on whom he or she is selling or buying from and the object(s) being given, taken, or swapped. Before the exchange or transaction, there is a chat system in place where the receiver may clarify the condition and ask for information. In an established user rating system, the receiver rates the seller. The highest rated users receive gold coins for their good work.
WasteGate app is the site we have been working towards. Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist all have the great elements that WasteGate has combined into one app—THE APP that will save a landfill, fill your pockets, and provide a sense of community. By embracing WasteGateapp.com, we are creating a new generation of online shoppers and environmental awareness.
Adapted from conversation with Amber Bogdanowicz, author, student, and freelance researcher, (Bloomsburg, PA, January 25, 2016) and WasteGate Co Founders.