Thursday, February 24, 2011
I Want You All To Know About Freecycle
A lot of you might know this already, but I still see many people raise their eyebrows in surprise when they hear about freecycle, so I thought I dedicate a post to this eco-friendly movement.
Here's the introduction from Freecycle's start page on their website:
"Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,918 groups with 8,175,361 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun!"
A lot of my youngest outgrown clothes and toys found new homes, as well as lots of furniture pieces and tons of nic-nacs, such as candles that I didn't use, a jogger radio, clothes that didn't fit and were too good to just use for crafts, etc. etc.
If you have something that you don't need/want anymore, you post to your local group and then pick somebody that you want to give it to.
If you need anything you also post to your local group, and if you get lucky you'll receive the item you're looking for. I received an awesome, working Singer sewing machine this way!
You can subscribe to the group and receive a daily digest, which you can browse and see whether somebody nearby offers something you want. Because sometimes you don't even know what you want until you see it being offered :-)
This is such a great way to reuse things, keep items out off the landfills and help live a budget AND eco-friendly life. Check it out at www.freecycle.org and become a member!