Site Review: Decluttering by “Selling” stuff on Listia

Lista is an unusual selling site, similar to Ebay, except no money changes hands. You get “rewards points”, and can buy things with “rewards points”. It’s basically “funny money”. (They also let you accumulate points by filling out surveys.)

These kinds of sites are funny. I was on Simbi before, and I could tell you stories. The basic problem is that without a reference price, or price competition, you just don’t get useful prices.

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Trying Out TradeStuff.com, a Blockchain Trading Platform

Tradestuff.com was listed in a “best barter sites” page. It used to be a large trading forum, but has been transformed into a seemingly inactive trading site. The most interesting thing is that it’s an app that uses the EOSIO blockchain.

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2021 State of Plastic Recycling

Copied from a Facebook post:

Some info on recycling shared in an LA zero waste group:  
Which plastics get recycled? 

All 1- 7 is accepted because they are always seeking markets for material and there is a growing market for chemical recycling. (Not a fan but...)
What's being recycled:

- #1 bottle and clamshell ONLY (and clamshells is relatively new. Everyone always thinks #1 is so great. It is not.) 

- #2 all (unless it is a toy. We must accept toys are trash)

- #5 containers and various types. 

What will never get recycled curbside:

- #3 - too toxic even for chemical

- #6 foam - pieces and dirty items not worth it

What could get recycled if source separated like a drop off:

- #4 film - take to grocery stores

What may get recycled but probably not. 

- # 6 hard -  commercial collection is a no. Residential maybe but how much, who knows. It gets sent to a secondary MRF that sometimes sends it to mexico to be made into frames. How many frames we need?

- #4 hard and #7 - eh it is a mixed bag. Most of this is not moving. And #7 is a LOT of different items.  There is a desire to sift thru 7s and all the leftovers for chemical recycling. It is sort of happening, but is this truly recycling and the best option? Meh. Try to avoid it.

Do what you can to avoid increasing plastic consumption.

Wash your reusable plastic bags in your shower, or in your sink.

You can hoard clean styrofoam #6, and give it away on Facebook and Craigslist to online sellers. They will reuse it.

Give Your Plates Away

Have you found yourself in a weird situation, where you have a lot of plates you don’t ever use?

I’m in that situation right now, and learned a trick, on Quora: when you gift cookies or pie, or any food item, gift it to them in a bowl or plate. Don’t worry about getting it back.

Here’s the answer: https://www.quora.com/What-is-something-you-should-never-pass-up-when-shopping-in-a-thrift-store/answer/Teresa-Steen-8

Decluttering with PaperBackSwap.com

Paper Back Swap is a book exchange website, so it won’t necessarily help you get rid of all your books, but it can help you save some money on books, and you could always contribute “sales” to the site, and then “cash out” by getting books in the future.

I’m just starting my journey on this site, and will share the results on this page, in the future.

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Giving Away Lots of Cheap Things Online

I had a lot of cheap stuff, and items that might have gone into the trash, but I managed to get rid of over half the stuff by crafting an online ad, posting it to Craigslist and Facebook, and waiting. This article goes step-by-step through the process of decluttering or eliminating low-cost things.

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How to Give Away Free Messenger Book Bags

It took ages to get rid of these. I thought I had some really nice bags, but there’s just no shortage of book bags or luggage, and they’re pretty cheap. What it took, for me, was patience, and finding the right mix of products. Maybe this story of failure will help.

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