The “Leiden University: swap, donate, sell” Facebookgroup is an initiative that aims for “selling and swapping [...] items [such] as books, school supplies, readers, etc. ” Founded in 2004 the group has now more than 900 members which are mostly from Leiden University students in The Hague but the community is still growing and open to new members.
The group encourages young people to minimize their purchases of new items and teaches them about reusing and sharing goods. It helps introduce students to the “hierarchy of needs”: first use what you have, then borrow, then swap, thrift ormake, and if all of those failed, buy new. It provides a platform to apply the practice easily.
Reduced Inequality: Students who do not have the money to buy new and expensive goods such as furniture or cooking utensils now have the opportunity to buy these used for a cheaper price.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: The group plays an important part in the creation of a sustainable community as goods are being exchanged and reused among its members.
Responsible Consumptionand Production: Students share and reuse their goods, which leads to less consumption and thus reducing production