[Video] Karuna Advani, Melltoo user, on creating a sustainable future by re-selling, re-using, and donating.
One of our primary values at Melltoo is to promote a sustainable future by helping you give your pre-owned things a second life. In this series of videos, we speak to Melltoo users about their views on creating a sustaiable future.
So as I’m writing this, I’m debating whether I should buy a new laptop. I have my eye on the 13-inch MacBook Air which I’m told is the best thing since the dishwasher. I go back and forth: My current 10-inch netbook works fine, but it’s really slow and it’s plasticky and pretty old-fashioned. I really need something faster with updated specs. I am a researcher after all, so much of my work requires me to be on the computer, looking for sources, playing with spreadsheet data, writing, communicating etc.
By this point, I’m nearly out the door on the way to Plug-ins to pick up the MacBook Air, having pretty much convinced myself that I NEED the upgrade, but then I feel a slight pang of guilt. Do I really need a new computer when I have an iPad for reading journal articles and my iPhone of course? Not really. And what the heck am I supposed to do with my netbook? Let it rot away in the closet? Thankfully, I don’t have to ask that question anymore, because we built a marketplace app to solve this problem: Melltoo
Like most families in the UAE, my closets are bursting, my kids’ closets have burst (literally, the bottoms of drawers have fallen out, hinges have popped) and we are swimming in clothes, toys, electronics and color pencils. In the past, there were only two easy solutions to get rid of something: giving it away or throwing it away. But you don’t have to worry about the “UAE Consumer Guilt Paradox” anymore because Melltoo
allows you to download and post your second hand items in less than 5 minutes!
But the app is more than just a marketplace, it’s a complete door-to-door service that allows you to buy and sell in Dubai guilt-free! Not only do we help you promote your second hand items to thousands of potential buyers
, you can get paid on the app and get items delivered straight to your buyer without getting stuck in traffic or getting lost on your way to a meetup! No one said that being a responsible consumer meant you had to be inconvenienced one!
I love the idea of buying and second hand, because it allows me to reconcile my consumerist lifestyle with the ideas of minimalism and sustainability. Why not recycle the stuff that you don’t use anymore by selling them to others who will use them AND get some money back on your investment- so you can make room for the new stuff. And let’s not kid anyone, we’d feel much better about our consumeristic ways knowing that we’re not just throwing perfectly good stuff out. So get ready to declutter your home, buy what you want and feel good about it with Melltoo!
We are almost there…just 2 more weeks to the beta launch of the Melltoo app. You will find Melltoo in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store on the 1st of March. If you are in Dubai, be sure to join us at our beta launch events.
RSVP today for the event at The Cribb http://melltoolaunchthecribb.eventbrite.com