When it comes to easy and sustainable selling and buying, it’s hard to beat Karrot.
This mighty marketplace app is finding a whole army of fans in Manchester after picking up many millions of satisfied users all over the world.
Like all the best ideas, it’s incredibly simple. It works using your smartphone’s location, meaning you can instantly see at a glance who and what is available – all within a six-mile radius.
Not only does this give new life to those products gathering dust in your wardrobe it reduces landfill as useful products won’t be binned.
Practically anything can be bought and sold on the app, from stylish lamps to gardening tables – even luxury yachts! – and you’ll find some products are even given away for free.
And because all transactions are done in person, you’ll get to know the people in your area, encouraging valuable connections and common bonds that can’t be built using a faceless website.
How to use Karrot
Selling an item is as easy as it gets.
Take a few photos of the product, upload it to the app with an offer price and it’ll become instantly visible to your nearby neighbours.
All in all, it takes around 30 seconds to set up and you’ll soon declutter your home and make money – while helping people in your town find new uses for your long-forgotten goods.
And of course, safety is a top priority. Karrot has clear COVID-19 guidelines, not to mention all users have to be verified with their locations and mobile phone numbers.
Make Manchester greener with Karrot
Karrot is based on local principles, meaning you won’t be travelling far to pick up that desirable pre-loved item, reducing unnecessary pollution from car travel.
In fact, in most cases, you’ll be able to walk there and back. For example, if you live in the centre you could get your daily steps in by walking across to meet at Cutting Room Square in Ancoats to pick up a stylish pair of shoes, or take a leisurely stroll through the leafy streets of Didsbury and Chorlton to collect a first-edition of your favourite book.
The positive effect on the environment from buying and selling used goods shouldn’t be underestimated. The team at Karrot crunched the data and discovered that in 2020 Karrot users saved a whopping 1,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas and 221 million gallons of water.
This is the equivalent of planting 58,362 trees – something Manchester city centre, an area sorely lacking in green space, needs more than most.
A community-focused app like Karrot which places sustainability at its very core is exactly what we need at a time when we place such value on community-based principles and concern for the environment. And it’ll undoubtedly help you both pick up a bargain and make a few quid at the same time.
Karrot looks all set to be the future of second-hand buying and selling.
The app is completely free and can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple Store.
Act sustainably and win a £5 gift card
In celebration of the Earth Day on the 22nd of April, Karrot will be donating £5 to Friends of the Earth, who have local groups in Manchester, for every three or more items Karrot users give away for free.
The donation will be used to support local climate action groups. Everyone who takes part will also receive a £5 Amazon Gift Card the following week.