By: Anne B.
Hellooo Ramblers! Guess who’s back??
That’s right, after a month of traveling, Anne is back! Did you miss me? I sure missed you guys… and my cat… and a properly working shower. Know what I didn’t miss though? The pile of papers and clutter that I had left in my apartment.
After two and a half weeks of traveling in Vietnam with just one backpack and visiting a lot of places where people lived pretty minimally, I got home and just wanted to pack up half of my things and get rid of them. Do you ever have that mood where you just want to grab a bunch of big trash bags and start throwing all the things you don’t want or need anymore into them? Yeah, that was my mood. Except I knew that throwing out all of these things with a snap of my finger would be stupid for my wallet (sorry I’m a broke master’s student haha) and for the planet. Now, you might be thinking: well why don’t you donate the items instead of throwing them out? I mean that’s what I used to do. I used to have these decluttering phases and I would bring all of my unwanted items to Goodwill.
However, let me throw some facts at you that will explain why you shouldn’t do that:
About 5% of clothes donated to Goodwill will end up in the landfill. That might seem small but that is 5% of BILLIONS of pounds of donated clothes per year… [Huffington Post]
In 2019, more than 60,000 TONS of unusable donations went to the landfill in Australia [MSN]
I’m not saying to stop donating, I’m just saying to be more mindful and do some research on where you’re donating. For instance, clothes that are in good condition could be donated to thrift stores if you need money or shelters. If your clothes aren’t in good condition, then make rags out of them or look for a program or person that can use the textile and recycle/reuse it.
So, what is an easy way to get rid of all your unwanted items without sending them to the landfill? Well, this is where the app Bunz comes in handy. In order to prevent my items from going to the landfill (for some time at least), I have been posting all of my items on it and it has been working great.
I’ve mentioned Bunz in previous blogs but I’ll give a quick summary of the app to refresh your memory. Bunz is similar to Letgo, Facebook Market, and Poshmark in the sense that you can post your unwanted items, whether used or brand new, for your local community to see. The main difference is that you don’t post your items to sell them, you post them to trade. If someone wants something you posted, they’ll reach out to you and make an offer. This offer could be any item that they’ve posted or an item that is on your In Search Of (ISO) list on your profile.
For instance, my ISO list consists of coffee, tea, plants, plant soil and pots, a wok, alcohol, clothes, and so on. If you really don’t like their offers or you don’t want any items, then you can also ask for BTZ, which is Bunz currency that can be used for other trades or in some stores depending on what city you’re in! If that doesn’t work either, you can ask for money but that kind of beats the purpose of the app so it’s usually a last resort.
So, what can you trade on Bunz?
Honestly, pretty much anything. When I say anything… I mean anything. I have seen things from tea and coffee to clothes to condoms and vibrators (never used obviously).
In my case, here is what I’ve traded/ have posted: jewelry, hair products I didn’t want, floor lamp, table lamp, clothes, cat stuff that Chester didn’t like or need anymore, bags/ purses, towels, unused and used makeup/beauty products, craft materials, wine, chickpeas, lentils, food I didn’t like, toilet paper rolls (no I’m not kidding. 3 TP and small bottle of conditioner for a cute AF dress), decorative rocks, books, and so much more!
What have I gotten from Bunzers?
Clothes, plants, mugs, food, alcohol, coffee, a purse, BTZ, gloves, books, shoes, a wallet, jewelry, a french press, beauty products, candles, chocolate, cat stuff for Chester, decor, and so on!
Pretty cool no? By trading items, you’re preventing unwanted items from going to the landfill. Sometimes you can even find people who will take items that aren’t in good condition because they can use it for cool projects. For instance, there’s at least one person in Montréal looking for clothing in bad condition in order to use in craft projects.
Another little benefit I’ve found is that I don’t feel guilty “shopping” on Bunz. Since I’m trading an unwanted item that’s taking precious space in my small apartment for something that I want or need (aka coffee and chocolate), I don’t feel any shopper’s remorse. Even when something doesn’t fit me like clothes, shoes, or jewelry, I don’t get upset because I can just post the item again and Rebunz it. Sometimes the person who gave you the item in the first place will see the rebunz and offer you BTZ, another item, or money and take it back!
In case I haven’t already convinced you that Bunz is an amazing app, one last thing that I love about this app is all the amazing, sweet people I’ve met through this app. Sure, most of the trades happen super quickly with a hello, exchange items, goodbye. Occasionally, though, you’ll start talking to some of the people (especially the ones you trade with multiple times) and you’ll get along and become friends! In most cases, you’ll also find that Bunzers are very like-minded, kind, eco-friendly, creative, and community-oriented.
Anyways, I’ve rambled enough about Bunz. I truly hope you will check out the app and use it! The app is only available in the USA and Canada, and mostly in bigger cities. If you’re in a big city then you’ll probably be able to trade more quickly. If you’re in an area where the app isn’t popular yet then I challenge you to make it big!