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Swap stall to beat credit crunch

posted 29 Nov 2008, 03:58 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 29 Nov 2008, 04:03 ]
People can bring CDs to swap for other items

A special "swap your stuff" stall is being run in Edinburgh city centre in a bid to help people find ways around the credit crunch.

Friends of the Earth campaigners are holding the stall in Princes Street on Saturday to celebrate Why Buy? Day.

People are being urged to bring DVDs, CDS and books to swap them for other items, which also reduces the amount of resources used to package new products.

Organisers are touting it as a way to gain Christmas presents for people.

The stall will be outside General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh between 1100 GMT and 1500 GMT.

'Great stuff'

Sam Adderley, waste prevention officer at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: "We're here to get people swapping things they don't need.

"Why buy stuff new, which uses up enormous amounts of energy and resources to produce, when people have stashes of great stuff they don't need and are happy to swap?

"And lets face it, this Christmas especially, most of us can't afford to buy loads of new stuff.

"The UK produces three million tonnes of waste over the Christmas period, so we're here to provide a fun, practical alternative to all this rubbish and the unnecessary spending that goes with it."

The scheme coincides with the launch of the Communities Reducing Excess Waste (Crew) project, which trains waste champions to go out into their local areas and educate people on how to slim their bins, and save cash at the same time.

Source: BBC News