What if we bartered? *
To trade, that is to say: to exchange goods or services without the intermediary of money. Basically, bartering is exchanging an item that we no longer need for something that will be useful to us. It’s that simple.
From a zero-waste perspective, bartering allows us to give our useless objects a second life, rather than throwing them in the trash or recycling them. It’s also a great way to get something you need on a budget!
Here are some ideas for sharing with your loved ones!
Your board games
After 35 or 40 naval battles, your aircraft carriers may now have become dustbins. Rather than buying another game to entertain yourself and then find yourself with several games relegated to the back of the closet, why not trade in the ones you already have with your friends or family?
They too certainly have board games that they know by heart. A trade is the perfect way to save money, get new games, and bring your own to life by sharing them with your friends.
Giving food a second life is also part of the circular economy.
Who has never bought a giant bag of apples or a wheelbarrow full of squash in the fall? Rather than freezing all the extra meals and snacks, you could organize a lunch exchange with your loved ones.
Your sister-in-law might be delighted to exchange half of your army of muffins for portions of frozen shepherd's pie! It's a great way to skip leftovers, save some freezer space, and vary your diet.
When spring comes, it is really tempting to buy a multitude of seeds to have a well-stocked garden in summer. Not all having the same germination times or identical needs, seedling management can quickly become a headache.
The solution? Suggest to your friends and relatives that you divide this task by type of seed. This way you become an expert in tomato planting while your colleague becomes an expert in cucumber planting. You exchange everything when the time comes to make your vegetable garden.
Your books and puzzles
Do you like buying books, but know full well that when they're done they won't be reread? Or, you discovered a passion for puzzles during lockdown, but you never do the same twice? Why not give your books and puzzles as gifts to those around you? It’s a great way to have fun in the comfort of your own home.
Tell us, what are you trading?
* Do you have questions about how long these items should spend in quarantine? According to INSPQ recommendations, it is generally suggested that the minimum period of quarantine be 24 hours.
For more information, we invite you to consult the INSPQ document: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/sites/default/files/publications/3054-nettoyage-desinfection-surfaces-covid19.pdf