Ebay? Here’s Freebay!
Landfills are fast becoming fashionable. Languagewise, that is. But while all the buzz builds up on our wasteful habits, part of the solution is to consider giving items away that haven’t overstayed their welcome. A good site that enables you to find thankful takers is Freecycle.org.
The Freecycle network is a registered trademark, because the concept is so successful. Made up of 4,275 groups worldwide, it has 4,608,000 members to date. One of the secrets of Freecycle’s success is that it inspires people to give as well as to receive. Freecycle is a non profit grassroots movement of people who swap stuff in their own towns. “It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills and each local group is moderated by a local volunteer”, says its founder.
Big corporations are also in on it. A San Jose (CA) newspaper reported recently that “A truckload of diapers, clothes and supplies was collected through Freecycle for an orphanage in Haiti. FedEx donated the shipping!” That’s awesome.
Another great testimony is this one, reported in a Louiseville, KY paper; “I gave a loveseat to a lady who had nothing. Her husband had walked out on her and her children, and they were starting over from scratch. She was so thankful she cried – over a loveseat I would have probably thrown away.”
Simply find your community by entering it into the search box on the movement’s website and register for free.