A New Generation Online Shoppers

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.

WHY have we been silent?

We’ve spent most of our time from December to March listening to user feedback. Wastegate’s cryptogamic-beings have been initiating some tweaks and fixes in the app, while in the meantime, we’re re-structuring our messaging and staffing. Yup! Working on IPhone app and we can give a sneak peak on Test Flight. We’re looking to find 12 persons for a pilot with us (and get some extra special hands on support for our team). Want to help? Know anyone? You can always reach me on social@wastegateapp.com Few quick points:

    • WasteGaters have exceeded 250 users, so pardon the group email.
    • Android App is doing well with absolutely no promotion.
    • Have you seen the e-cycleNYC notices in your buildings?
    • We continue to bootstrap, so do pardon the slow-mo until we are funded.
    • Use Wallet and invite 7 friends at http://www.wastegateapp.com. You and your 7th invitee will receive a surprise bonus when he/she signs up.

Keep #wastegating and supporting the Wastegate team!

– Thikshan

What Do We Value?

We all have things that we value; for some it’s old photos, and for others its teddy bears from our childhoods. Sometimes values fluctuate with time, however, whether in economic standards or our own sentimental feelings.

For me, movie tickets have always been highly valuable. I’ve collected and saved all the movie tickets that I’ve bought since high school; to me they aren’t just pieces of paper: they’re memories of good times with good friends, the same friends who have left the city for school. Although to some this may seem strange, it’s a way for me to reminisce and feel nostalgia.

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Of course, this goes to show just how “value” can be subjective. Every item has value, though it may vary in different eyes. As a swapping system, WasteGate can thus help people find the things that they find valuable while ridding themselves of what they see no value in.

WasteGate has another more important purpose, however: preserving the natural value of our environment. Between mountainous landfills across the globe and literal islands of trash choking the oceans, the Earth’s environment is in grave danger. Thankfully, countless people around the world, especially of our millennial generation, are willing to fight for the planet, as shown by the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21st. WasteGate seeks to help protect the environment, as well, but on a deeper level than many of the march’s supporters.

With the major waste crisis of today, reuse and recycling of goods is a small but vital step in the right direction. WasteGate has internalized the principles of waste reduction by seeking to reuse and repurpose whatever possible, at the same time echoing the timeless saying that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. So it truly acts as a double-edged sword: items are prevented from becoming waste, and people can always find the things that they value in life.

-Calvin and WasteGate Staff

Moving Places

It is often said that the average person moves approximately 3 to 4 times over the course of their life. These are not just small shifts, either, but major changes in location and in lifestyle. If anyone were qualified to really discuss what it’s like to move, they would probably be like me.

At the young age of ten, my family packed up their life and decided to move from one side of the world to the other: Sri Lanka to New Jersey. Sure, it was quite a distance and distract change, but that wasn’t the only move my family has made; just a few years ago we moved again, this time only across town. Though it may look easy, it’s absolutely not. Furniture, clothes, shoes, and everything you own has to move; not to mention you’re forced to change parts of your life!

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Photos like this are what make moving appear easy and fun: people smiling as they carry a seemingly weightless piece of furniture up stairs. In reality when you move the luggage and furniture is never light. Not to mention it could be a hot summer day and you’ll find yourself sweating, or maybe it’s the dead of winter and you’re bundled up tight.

That’s why it’s common practice for most people to leave their furniture and other goods behind; thinking it valueless many leave their furniture on the sidewalk to be taken for free. What most people don’t realize is that even most used furniture as a value. If people simply chose to swap their used furniture on WasteGate, they could end up with goods they may want for their new home! At the same time, people who still live in the area can improve their homes with “new” furniture. It’s a win-win for everyone, and another way that WasteGate can make life easy while engaging in good social and environmental practices.

-Vinoli and WasteGate Staff

WasteGate and the City

New York City produces approximately 12 tons of trash a day, and that’s only accounting for residential and not commercial waste. I can’t even begin to imagine what that amount looks like; one nightmarish vision is of Central Park’s Sheep Meadow covered entirely in trash bags. It’d be extremely unpleasant to play a friendly game of Frisbee or sunbathe amidst heaping mounds of rotting, stinking garbage. However, something tells me a majority of this “trash” isn’t rotting food and used tissues, but reusable or recyclable goods that people want to get rid of.

I can relate to the need. I went through a very dramatic experience trying to sell my sofa bed on Craigslist. I found myself constantly being forced to reduce the price every hour until my posting eventual became “FREE SOFA BED PLEASE PLEASE TAKE IT AWAY”. I even found myself posting angry rants about the sofa on my Facebook page. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but it felt so at the time.

Eventually, my neighborhood bar friends helped me carry it out and deposit it on the curb like a good New Yorker (thank you bartenders of defunct bar on Allen and Houston). Don’t get me wrong, I love Craigslist, but the people of New York need a better option for getting rid of their junk, possibly even exchanging their junk with others. If you feel the same way, be sure to check out WasteGate, a free service that lets you swap your unwanted goods for other users’ items.

WasteGate is currently in beta testing; visit http://www.wastegateapp.com or email info@wastegateapp.com to test drive the site!

-Paulina and WasteGate Staff