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GiftFlow: When Collaborative Consumption Isn't Enough, Try Collaborative Production GiftFlow Wants to Build Local Economies Around Sharing

It's like eBay and CouchSurfing had a kid—a way to build community and reduce waste by sharing freely with your neighbors.

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It's move out day at colleges around the country this week. So what happens to all that stuff students are leaving behind? Sadly, most of it, usable or not, will end up in the waste stream. But at Yale, at least, the softer castoffs like clothes and pillows will be salvaged and eventually offered to the community through a new nonprofit that's trying to make free a workable price for a local economy. Meet GiftFlow.

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Buy Nothing Day Is Here—Join a Whirlmart Near You to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day: Another Approach to Black Friday

The 8th annual Buy Nothing Day is here with creative calls to supplant shopping trips with community, parades, and empty shopping cart meet-ups.


There are some pretty good deals on Black Friday. That's partly why—and partly because—it's the biggest shopping day of the year. Americans writ large head to major retail outlets, stand in line for hours, and take home more stuff and more debt. Retailers go from “in the red” to “in the black” for the year, and we all get some shiny new gifts for the holidays. The American way, right?

But corporations are thriving while real income for Americans lags stagnant. Buy Nothing Day is also the Friday after Thanksgiving and it's here to offer another option for all of us who shudder at the prospect of shopping mall mayhem.

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