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GOOD Maker Finalists: Unconventional Lending Libraries

Have more, own less. That’s the ethos behind the online communities helping people lend and exchange the stuff collecting dust in their garages.

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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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Blu Dot Will Trade You a Brand New Couch for Your Art Project

Blu Dot is trading real furniture, worth thousands of dollars, for your most unique swap offerings. Here are some winners so far.


The spunky furniture company Blu Dot is running a savvy promotion that hinges on customer creativity. It's called Blu Dot Swap Meet and they're offering pretty much everything in their furniture line for whatever you have to offer. No money needed, though a photo will go a long way.

Blu Dot gets to pick what swaps to settle on, and so far they're rewarding originality more than resale value.

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