Cash-saving ‘recycling’ app lets parents get free toys

Cash-saving app which lets parents get free toys from families who don’t want them anymore is being expanded across the UK.

YoungPlanet is an app that enables parents to put unused children’s toys to good use with new families and away from landfill, for free.

Founded by parents to address “the inherent waste, product obsolescence and cost of raising children” as well as to help declutter modern homes and keep things out of landfill, YoungPlanet is a platform and app designed to ‘turn the stuff you don’t need into the things that others enjoy’.

It is a cashless platform, based on ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ (not necessarily concurrently) via the app and for free.

Parents can list unwanted items like toys, books, clothes and baby equipment for others tot ake advantage of.

The app can be downloaded free via the App Store or Google Play, and by registering their postcode, parents can browse items available close to them.

The person who wants an item will be responsible for paying for postage, although the makers of YoungPlanet say they would always recommend exchanging items with someone nearby so you can meet in-person.

YoungPlanet was first launched by husband and wife, Jason and Emma Ash, last year, starting off with a trial in London.

They’ve now expanded to several other areas in the UK.

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