yunity heartbeat 2018-09-30

yunity heartbeat 2018-09-30

The yunity heartbeat - news from the world of sharing, fresh every two weeks.


Doug wrote a guide for how to do dishes the thrifty way after encountering one too many wasteful washers in the kitchen. Read the whole thing here and step up your washing game! There is a new blog post about our weekly repair cafe written by Laurina. It tells you not only that our repair cafe is happening every week, but also that it's fun and empowering to learn new things!

Laurina happily disassembling her laptop

Soon there will be a lot of painting going on, to gather experience with different kinds of (self-made) paints: Doug will use oil paint to fix the window frames and Matthias is already doing research on how to make this kind of paint at home.

by Janina

Harzgerode / Haus X

After a birthday party lured many people to Haus X anyways, Steffen called for a spontaneous building week:

Hey spontaneous Folks, we'll have a construction week in Harzgerode to get Haus X ready for the winter. Wanna lern some plumbing, stone- or woodworks or do creative stuff like painting or designing a food storage concept and meet some people? We've got plenty of saved food. Join us in the upcoming week (October 01-07).

by Janina

Nick worked more on the native Android app for foodsharing - it's still in a very experimental phase, but the screenshot seems promising!

Native app with an evening tint...

If you are interested in joining development, have a look in Slack, in the channel #fs-dev-android

by Tilmann

foodsaving worldwide

The big, annual foodsharing festival was happening in Berlin from the 21st to the 23rd of September and once again brought hundreds of people together: Foodsavers from all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and tons of interested visitors. There were many workshops and seminars happening and great meals from saved food were served over the whole weekend.

The Polish delegation at the Berlin festival

One week later, Tilmann and Janina met up with foodsavers from foodsharing Warszawa. Things are going well, but some problems exist, similar to other foodsaving initiatives. You can read more about it in the meeting summary.

Nick visited FareShare on their open day in Glasgow and wrote some comments about them in a blog post. They save lots of food that doesn't even make it into stores and provide it to the poor. In contrast to other initiatives we mention here usually, they seem to have a strong charity aspect and are managed in a less grassrootsy way.

by Tilmann and Janina


Karrot has a new release! It includes the newcomer role, the trust system and on-site notifications. Also, the Android app got deployed to the Play Store, you can test it here. Before we release it officially, there are some bugs to be fixed and some legal requirements to fulfill.

From the meeting with foodsharing Warszawa we gathered more ideas for future Karrot features. One typical problem of foodsaving groups is the "first come, first served" behavior of joining pickups. The idea is to either limit how often new people can join a pickup per week or implement a "pickup lottery" in the first day after a pickup has been created. This should increase fairness amongst foodsavers. Other new ideas include a min and max setting for pickup slots and the possibility to set a pickup to "missed" if somebody didn't show up (in contrast to just assuming everything would go fine after clicking "join").

The Bike Kitchen in Gothenburg wants to try out Karrot for their non-foodsaving related use case. But this fits in with the idea of Bruno and Nick to make Karrot more multi-purpose.

Is Karrot a good bike-saving platform?

by Tilmann

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