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Young Planet

Community sharing app for parents

In the heart of a throwaway culture, YoungPlanet stands as a beacon of sustainability and community spirit. Teaming up with Red C, YoungPlanet embarked on a mission to tackle the challenges of waste, product obsolescence, and the ever-rising costs of parenting. By developing a user-friendly iOS and Android app, they created a nurturing space for parents to give children’s items a second life, fostering a sharing economy that benefits not just individual families but the planet as a whole.

The challenge

Confronted with the dual challenge of environmental sustainability and the financial burden of raising children, YoungPlanet sought to revolutionize the way parents deal with unwanted children’s clutter. With an existing prototype showing promise, they needed a partner to refine and scale their concept into a fully functional app that could facilitate easy, enjoyable, and meaningful exchanges within communities.

The solution

Red C leveraged feedback from the initial prototype testing to enhance the app’s design, focusing on usability and intuitive navigation. The development of YoungPlanet as a free platform embodied the vision of transforming surplus into shared treasures, creating a feel-good factor among users who became active participants in a movement against wastefulness. Features were meticulously crafted to embody five core values:

  • Sustainability: Encouraging environmentally friendly practices by reducing landfill waste.
  • Cost-saving: Alleviating the financial pressures of parenting by facilitating item exchanges.
  • Decluttering: Helping families create more organized, minimalist living spaces.
  • Community Building: Fostering connections within local communities and promoting a sense of belonging.
  • Empowerment: Giving users a sense of pride in contributing to a ‘greentech’ movement, making them feel like heroes in their communities.

Process and Features

  • Brand Identity Development: Collaborating closely with YoungPlanet, Red C designed a brand identity that resonated with the target audience of environmentally and socially conscious parents.
  • Iterative Design and Testing: Through rounds of testing with local parents and continuous refinement based on feedback, the app evolved into an intuitive, appealing platform.
  • Ongoing Enhancement: Post-launch, Red C remains committed to YoungPlanet’s growth, working on future updates and expansions to reach more communities.

The result

Since its launch, YoungPlanet has seen remarkable success:

  • Broad Adoption: Starting in Hackney, London, the app quickly gained traction, with significant user engagement and item exchanges within just nine months.
  • Positive User Feedback: Users have lauded the app for its clarity, simplicity, and visual appeal, highlighting its ease of use and personal touch.
  • Expansion Plans: Encouraged by the app’s success, YoungPlanet is set to expand its reach, bringing its sustainable sharing model to more families across the UK.

Through its collaboration with YoungPlanet, Red C has not only delivered a technological solution but has also contributed to a sustainable, community-focused movement, proving that innovation can pave the way for meaningful social and environmental change.