Philippines soon to have first e-market for Recycling
by FFE PH News Staff
‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ — this is what founder Mark Agana said about his new online community ‘Re-Store.ph,’ an e-market focusing on the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.
In Re-Store.ph, people and groups can post their unwanted items or take someone else’s items. The store also focuses on charity: on people giving their unwanted items instead of selling them. According to Agana, the project aims to ‘build a nationwide gifting movement by matching unwanted goods with individuals who can still use them.
‘I want to take advantage of the generosity of the Filipinos when fuelled by a good cause for the environment. I want to instill in them the value of giving and make them realise how fulfilling and easy it is to live a more sustainable lifestyle.’
There are three steps to use Re-Store.ph:
Give an Item — post any of your unwanted items on the website
Go Grab it or Message — claim an item or contact the person who has posted an item you want
Collect and enjoy — to get an item, a user can set claim arrangements like Pick up, Meet up or Set up with the original owner
All transactions are free. This means those who give should not expect a payment for the items and those who take need not pay for them. But members who continuously trade earn ‘green points’ that lead to rewards or discounts from member businesses.
The goal of Re-Store.ph is to reduce the number of waste in the Philippines. According to the site, 700 tonnes of garbage get dumped in Metro Manila alone, and 40% of these are still usable.
The e-market will be launched on 25 December as a gift for environmentalists.