I’ve been working with Faye (13) from the Self Managed Learning College and a couple of the other students on a project to help an ¬†established local recycling project called Shabitat, loved by Brightonians all over.

magpie cooperative

magpie co-operative’s Shabitat warehouse

Thing is, Shabitat gets all kinds of weird and wonderful things flying in and our of its doors every day, so unless you want to be one of those annoying people who phone up every other day to check what new stock is in, you have to travel to the edge of town where their huge warehouse is, and hunt around for what’s new.

Faye decided that Pintrest was the best way of attacking this problem; making it easy for staff to photograph new items on their phone as it comes in, and upload it in one click to the Shabitat board on Pintrest, with a one line description if required.

Here’s the prototype Faye made today with some assistance from me. She decided to organise items into categories (eg. Clothing, Furniture, Electrical, etc) to help people find what they want instantly:

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Visit Shabitat’s profile on Pinterest.

Now we’ll see what Shabitat think! And if they like it, there could be room to expand this – people snapping their home furniture and tagging Shabitat in it, asking “Do you want to come and collect this?” as right now, Shabitat generally have to guess whether it’s worth them collecting furniture, based on a vague verbal description over the phone.