Turn all your unwanted clothes, gadgets and knick-knacks into cool new treasures with the Swap-O-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to swap and trade, rather than buy. Designed by New York City-based Lina Fenequito, the Swap-o-Matic was created as a fun way to get people to shift from unconscious over-consumers into more sustainably aware citizens who reuse and barter – all for free!
Using the Swap-O-Matic is quite simple. As the site states: “Each of the donated items in the machine is free and there is no charge for using the Swap-O-Matic. The basic currency for a transaction is a “credit”. Credit is earned when the user donates an item, and a credit is required to retrieve an item from the machine. All new users receive 3 credits to start. Users can donate, receive, or swap using the touch screen interface on the front of the machine. Other features, such as a user flag system, are included to prevent misuse and provide occasional curation of the machine.”
A user account can be created by simply entering an email address via the screen. Once an account is set up, the Swap-O-Matic furnishes the user with credit that can be applied immediately or saved. Patrons can earn more credits by donating items to the machine.
If you’re looking to give the Swap-O-Matic a whirl, it’s currently taking up residency at the Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, NY. If you want to support this project and see it spread across country — a.k.a. to a city near you — donate to the Swap-O-Matic Kickstarter campaign.
Via Fast Company