Freecycle It!

February 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

img_4323Ok, I know I’ve blogged a tiny bit on Freecycle before but I’m dedicating this post entirely to this incredible network that is, as their motto states, “changing the world one gift at a time”. If you haven’t joined, you should. If you have joined, you should really use it.

A bit of history: it was started in 2003 by Derek Beal, out in Arizona, with a member’s list of perhaps 30-40 people. Now, it’s gone international: 85 countries, and over 6 million members.

So what is it exactly? It’s a non-profit group dedicated to keeping one-person’s-junk-and-another-person’s-treasure out of landfills. It’s the basic 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a no-strings-attached twist. By freely giving your unwanted/unneeded stuff to someone else who needs it or wants it, as quoted on Freecycle’s site, “members of Freecyle Network instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse.”

There’s over 4,000 groups worldwide, so you’ll need to find one that’s in your community. (Note: since the groups are set up through Yahoo! Groups, you’ll need to first have a Yahoo! account/ID.) Once you’ve found one, you’ll need to join that group to be able to obtain access to all the posts and to be able to post.

There are 2 parts to this network: the giving and the receiving. You’ll be surprised at all the stuff that’s offered and all the stuff that’s needed. I’ve seen pianos, sofas, baby clothes, computer parts, TVs. So if there’s stuff you no longer need or if there’s stuff that you need but don’t want to buy, consider using the Freecycle Network.

Since I’ve joined, (I’ve been trying hard to declutter this year — a bit of a New Year’s resolution) I’ve found new homes for a microwave cart that was collecting dust in the garage, some unused pots & pans that were taking up precious kitchen space, a lighted Christmas Village set that we barely used; and I’m in the process of giving my dated Today’s Parent and House & Home magazines a 2nd life. It really does feel great knowing that I’m part of this great network giving in the spirit of generosity back to the community that I live in.

Are there others out there that use this network? Let us know of your experiences.



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