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Swapdom Heads Home With New Marketplace

Online Swapping Community is Now Open to Home Goods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.—May 2014— First, it was fashion. Then, baby and kids’ gear. Now, Swapdom, a one-of-a-kind online exchange system, is opening its marketplace to home goods. Beginning May 12, users can swap items from every room in the house in exchange for other home goods, fashion finds, or baby and kids’ gear. It’s a win-win-win for swappers and a big step forward for the sharing economy.

Just in time for summer, getting new clothes on your fast growing baby, something for you, your home — it’s not new, just new to you. How simple and wonderful is this idea? Great news for getting what you need at a low cost.  — the editor

recycleEngineered to make swapping easy and efficient, users simply request items they love, tell Swapdom what they would like to offer in exchange, and then let the site organize a multi-person swap for them.

“Swapdom is an efficient tool that finds multi-party swaps. Our algorithm is a vital component for peer to peer exchange,” said Petros Georgopoulos, co-founder and CEO of Swapdom. “Adding the home goods marketplace is a natural progression of how our site continues to grow. In five years’ time, when people think of peer-to-peer exchange, we want them to think of Swapdom.”

In addition to the new home goods marketplace, Swapdom is launching a myriad of key initiatives to improve user experience. They just launched a badging system to reward their most engaged community members, and will soon be adding USPS as a new shipping option, in addition to UPS. They will also be launching an iOS app soon, which will make it easier to browse and request swappable items on the go.

ABOUT SWAPDOM

Founded in August 2013 and based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and San Francisco, California, Swapdom is an innovative online exchange system for the sharing economy driven by the power of the crowd. Designed to make swapping unbelievably easy and efficient, Swapdom is a new way to find one-of-a-kind previously owned items. Users simply request items they love, tell Swapdom what they’d offer in exchange, and then sit back and let Swapdom organize a multi-person swap for them. www.swapdom.com

 

The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby

Last week President Obama laid out a plan for action on climate change, as a father, and explained why parents have so much at stake. We knew that!

One number he didn’t note was the record breaking ratio of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. For the first time in over 3 million years, the Earth’s atmosphere hit 400 parts per million of CO2 – a ratio which means that we are overloading our atmosphere with more carbon than it can process. Is it responsible to bring a baby into this world?

Inspired by her own struggle to raise her newborn son in an era of climate change, environmental expert Keya Chatterjee has authored “The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby” (Ig Publishing/June 2013). It is the first and only book on the market about climate change and babies and therefore the ultimate resource for all new parents, looking to decrease their carbon footprint.

Enjoy this interview with the author!

Keya writes so well, and if you are a new parent, this is a good book to spend a few precious minutes with. You can read it as you have time, it’s inspiring!  She explains WHY and WHAT she did. One step at a time. She’s an  innovator and it is good to see how challenges can be overcome with new thinking!   – editor

In our culture, pregnancy, birth, and childrearing are deeply connected to consumption and resource use. The Zero Footprint Baby offers a comprehensive hands-on guide for environmentally conscious parents to help them tackle vital issues:

  • pregnancy (what kind of birth has the lowest impact?)
  • where to live (remodeling your home to be more sustainable)
  • what to feed your baby (breastfeed, formula, or both?)
  • diapering (cloth, disposables or no diaper at all)
  • baby gear (collaborate consumption)
  • childcare (who should take care of the baby, and how?)
  • how to bring other parents onboard to contribute to a greener, safer planet

Some information on disposable diapers and alternates, make this book worthy reading. We tend to turn a blind eye, when we are making time for all the transitions to parenthood…. but we can survive, thrive and make good choices.   -editor

About the Author: Keya Chatterjee is the Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund. She has been featured as an expert on climate change policy and sustainability issues in dozens of media outlets, including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News.