We normally throw out old things that are not being used once we replace them with new ones. However, there are many people who cannot afford new products – be it a television set or even clothes. On the other hand, people who can afford new things throw away their clothes, shoes, bags, steel containers, etc. once they become old, despite the fact that these can be mended easily. Other household products like TV, washing machine, fridge, gas stove and the like find their place in the nearest scrap shop. Wouldn’t it be a noble idea to give these items to people who want them but cannot afford to buy them?
Kottayam Municipality has started an initiative called ‘Swap Shop’, with an aim to help those in need get such household items free of cost. People who want to replace anything at their home with newer products can give the old ones to the shop, which will then be handed over to those who do not have these items.
The shop has been started as a part of the Haritha Keralam programme, one of the ambitious projects of the LDF government which was inaugurated on December 8. The programme focuses on waste management, water conservation and organic farming.