App Connects Your Trash Directly to Artists and Upcyclers


Written by Jaymi Heimbuch

We all have heard of groups, websites and apps that help people swap their stuff or give their old items to folks who want them. They’re all great ways to keep things out of landfill and reduce how much we consume. But Team CORA wants to go one step more and connect you with people who need your old junk as raw material for new projects, literally transforming your trash into treasure.

“We believe that if there’s something you need, chances are it’s already hidden in your stuff, or your neighbor has it. Our easy-to-use mobile app will be the hub that renews our stuff and our connections to each other… Type in any item you’re done with, and choose its next life. Our app will enable you to find neighbors who need your stuff, and businesses that want it (and may even pay you for it),” state the developers.

The goal is to keep trash out of watersheds, off beaches, and out of the ocean, and that’s a goal we can support. And boy does Team CORA need support. They have just 20 days left to earn nearly $70,000, which will get the rather huge project off the ground and get the app onto iPhones.

If you support freecycling, swapping stuff, upcycling, DIYing things and generally keeping all our stuff in the consumer stream and out of landfills, then you may want to seriously consider supporting this project.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Great plan

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

What a fantastic idea! One of the most useful apps I've ever heard of.

Kate Hilts
Kate Hilts6 years ago

There should be more apps like this!

Rose Becke6 years ago


Catharine S.
catharine S6 years ago

@Phil: Thrift stores don't want your junk, they want your reusable clothes, books, newish electronics, etc (and some of them have been watch way too much Antiques Roadshow, considering some of the asking prices I've seen). This project is about unsaleable, unwanted, non-recyclable (by your municipality) crap and is a FABULOUS idea!!

Tolga U.
Tolga U6 years ago


Gabriella Bertelmann
G Bertelmann6 years ago

Encouraging, sensible idea! Great! many thanks

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Very innovative idea.

Kate B.
Kate A6 years ago

Great idea.