The Swap-O-Matic Blog

Help us build a better Swap-O-Matic!

We are developing Swap-O-Matic 2.0 and would love your feedback! Can you please spend 5 minutes to fill out our survey? To express our appreciation, 3 surveyers, at random, will win a $25 gift certificate to HipCycle, one of our favorite sites. If interested in the raffle, please submit by July 1, 2013. We appreciate […]

WWII Conservation ads

Love these WW2 ads when BOTH government and private corporations called on Americans to conserve to aid the war effort: “Both the government and private corporations created advertisements advocating smarter and more cautious use of resources. The shift to war materials production had already limited the amount of goods available for consumer assumption, and the […]

What is Conscious Consumption?

Conscious Consuming is a social movement that based around increased awareness of the impact of purchasing decisions on the environment and the consumers health and life in general. It is also concerned with the effects of media and advertising on consumers. Many aspects of Conscious Consuming have been practiced throughout the world but not in […]

Want A Swap-O-Matic Near You?

We’ve gotten so many inspiring emails from people all of the world who want a Swap-O-Matic in their city. We are dedicated to make this happen! In the meantime, if you love the Swap-O-Matic and think it would be wonderful to have in your neighborhood, please submit your email address and zip code or city/district […]

The message is getting out!

We are very excited with all the recent interest that’s been happening with the Swap-o-matic! Good Fast Company Springwise.com PopUpCity.com Unconsumption.com Business Insider LA Times Currently we are in the process of evaluating the next steps of the project and welcome all of your thoughts. Feel free to email us or just stay in touch […]

The Swap-o-Matic has moved to Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn!

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Stop by Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn to the the Swap-O-Matic in its new home. Bring some items to swap, pick up some great holiday gifts, and some AMAZING ice cream! Here are some photos from the weekend. Thanks to Launch Pad for being a great host!  

The Swap-O-Matic @ the Built In Brooklyn Craft Fair 11-26

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I stopped by the Built in Brooklyn Craft Fair at LaunchPad this weekend. As usual, I was delighted by the unique crafts and treats sold by the local artisans. We picked up some yummy banana caramel pudding from a vendor there–perfect for a dinner party after. Also, I traded in my husband’s interactive yoda and […]

One more week ’til Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day embodies the spirit of the Swap-o-matic. Take the time to voice your opposition against our consumerist, corporatist culture on the day in which consumption runs rampant, Black Friday. Let’s reclaim this day, the holidays and every day as active citizens, and not CONSUMERS!

Buy Nothing Day is coming!

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Don’t forget, November 25 is Buy Nothing Day! “Dreading the holiday season? The frantic rush and stress? The to-do lists and sales hype? The spiritless hours trapped in malls? This year, why not gather together your loved ones and decide to do things differently? With the simplest of plans you can create a new rhythm, […]

The Swap all lit up!

It looks so pretty! and full!

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