Writing isn’t generally the most “earth-friendly” occupation, I swear I’ve printed out an entire deciduous forest in rough draft manuscript hard copies just so I could burn them. (Trust me, it’s a whole different feeling than right-click-and-delete.)
Anyway, to work off some of my karmic debt and to help celebrate EarthWeek, here is a great service I just heard about called Yerdle. Yerdle’s slogan is “Why shop when you can share?”
What is yerdle?
Yerdle is the new mission-driven California Benefit corporation that\”™s out to help people share with their friends rather than buying things new. On yerdle, friends post items they’re willing to give away or loan, search for items they’re looking to get, and nab the things they want. Simple.
You must have a Facebook account to access Yerdle. Once logged in, you can give/receive things for free. Kinda like craigslist.com without the cash, or backpage.com without the sex. The founders of Yerdle hope that if people give away things they don’t want, this will help keep stuff out of the landfill. Everyone wins. Especially the Earth, and excepting manufacturers, of course.
I signed into Yerdle and the interface is clean and simple. It doesn’t need any kind of user’s manual. You can list something, or ‘ask around’ for something. I didn’t give/receive anything myself, so I’m not clear how these “free” goods get transported from location A to location B without some cost of time/energy, but if someone wants your old skis, then coming over to pick them up is still cheaper than buying them.
There’s also the potential for abuse, (in other words, people getting free things through Yerdle then “flipping” them to ebay/craigslist) so when this happens, you Do Not get to be surprised, because I told you so. Since the service routes through Facebook, your “friendship” through facebook acts as a filter of sorts which should help minimize abuse. But even if others are going to flip your stuff, if you were too lazy to list them on Craigslist yourself, you’ll feel better about giving them away than throwing them in the trash. And so will the Earth.
Drawing For Free Earth-Friendly Swag!
NBCUniversal’s Share and Tell has graciously offered a Green is Universal Prize Pack which includes an earth-friendly canvas tote bag full of earth-friendly swag stuff for me to give away to one lucky fan of conradzero.com!
There are three ways to win:
- Members of the Cult of Zero are automatically entered in the drawing. Membership is free, sign up at the Cult of Zero.
- Anyone who shares a link to this blog post on the social media of their choice will be entered in the drawing. Email me to verify your entry – zero at conradzero.com.
- Anyone who takes the ECO Quiz “How Green Are You?” and posts their results in the comments section will be eligible to win.
Anyone who does all three options will have three chances to win!
Contest ends 8AM this Friday, May 3. Winner chosen at random, contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be selected. Prize can only be delivered to locations accessible by FedEx/UPS. No PO boxes, sorry!
NBC’s Share And Tell App
Learn more about Yerdle and take the ECO Quiz “How Green Are You?” through the app below. Remember to post your score in the comments section by this Friday to be entered in the drawing!