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Date: 20-Apr-12

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National Families Week 2012 runs from Tuesday 15 May to Monday 21 May 2012 (coinciding with UN International Day of Families on Tuesday 15 May), so we've put together a list of fantastic ways you and your family can be kinder to the environment, saving money at the same time.

Swapping and sharing are two of the best ways to recycle unwanted things. From books to boxes, toys to tools, houses to holidays - there's always someone who wants what you've got! You could organise your own Big Aussie Swap party, or here are some good places to start online...


Swap and recycle your books, and refresh your library without costing the earth by logging on to The Book Swap. You can also check out Book Swap Australia, or locate your local book exchange.


Sport? School? Social wear? These are a just a few of the types uniforms, clothes and equipment you'll find at The Uniform Exchange - a great way to buy, sell and swap second-hand belongings. Save time and money the next time you need a new uniform.

Cars and Car Sharing

Getting from A to B doesn't have to cost you and the environment with these great sharing options. If you're travelling to the same destination as someone near you - to work, school or going out - grab a lift!

Something we love at Planet Ark is car sharing - all the benefits of a car, without the hassle and expense of owning one, and cheaper than car hire and taxis. Go online to find out if there's one near you! Check out these below:

House and Holiday Swaps

A increasingly popular new way to travel, stay and live throughout new destinations throughout Australia and around the world is House Swapping. For a couple's retreat, a holiday house swap, or a long-term home exchange, check out these great websites to get you started:

More Swapping Ideas

You can also check out Facebook by searching the terms "Buy Swap Sell" and see if there is a page dedicated to a location near you. Log on to the Trading Post, eBay and Gumtree to post and purchase new and used goods and even your trade your skills!

Join the "I Heart Recycling" Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all our latest recycling news, stories and tips about finding new ways with old things!

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