One person is looking for a rocking chair for a newborn baby.
Another, a tote bag to carry a pet guinea pig. One person offers up a nearly new yoga mat; another, a “large-ish cardboard box” that is “not sturdy enough for shipping but great for summer fun with kids.”
Welcome to Freecycle, a grassroots “cyber curbside” where people can drop off unused items and others can pick them up — for free.
As an environmentally motivated, volunteer-based nonprofit, Freecycle sets itself apart from other similar websites, such as Craigslist, said the organization’s founder, Deron Beal.
CTV News: Internet connects people looking for items with those offering them up Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/internet-connects-people-looking-for-items-with-those-offering-them-upJune 12th, 2013 by fiona
Once upon a time, if you wanted to get rid of an item that was still usable, your best option was the classifieds of the local newspaper.
Thanks to the rise of the Internet, though, connecting with someone interested in your junk has become a quicker and simpler process.
Kijiji is one of the most popular classified websites, and Waterloo Region is no exception to its success.
Vote for Freecycle to win Direct Debit Top 100 Good Causes
Vote for FreecycleFreecycle has been selected as one of this month’s Top 100 Good Causes to be in the running for a £2,000 donation from Direct Debit.
If Freecycle win first place, it will mean a £2,000 donation and James Lane, UK Director of The Freecycle Network is going to commit a minimum of 10 x £100 grants from Freecycle UK for use in the promotion and publicity of local groups.
Winning the Direct Debit Top 100 Good Causes would in itself help publicise Freecycle, encouraging more to gift their unwanted possessions. You can vote for Freecycle to win the Direct Debit Top 100 Good Causes online and of course you can join your local Freecycle group at Freecycle.org.
Giving to others has never felt better, thanks to the efforts of the Southern Genesee Freecycle Group, which has recently created a new format and expanded its market.
This Internet-based group offers free, tangible items from new to gently used, or allows a person to ask the freecycle community for a need or “want” they have for themselves or someone else.
The group’s market area now includes Fenton, Linden, Holly, Rose Township, Tyrone Township, Argentine, Gaines, Fenton Township, Fenton Township and Swartz Creek.
Freecycle, an online network where people can share and collect unwanted possessions for free, is becoming of the biggest environmental web communities.
Set up 10 years ago by a group of friends, the US-based non-profit organisation has grown to a global network of local groups with nine million members.
The Freecycle concept is being seen as a way to reduce landfill waste while saving money.
Freecycle is nearing its third anniversary in Corvallis, but the organization has nothing to do with a bicycle event.
The Corvallis group of the Freecycle Network has nearly 1,000 users who post online when they have an item they want to give away or when they are seeking something they need but cannot afford to buy retail.
Christine Dashiell started the local group, and she is its moderator, meaning that she attempts to ensure that the site is posting legitimate offers. People need to join to participate.
Freecycle’s main aim: “It’s just keeping items out of the landfill — and changing the world through that,” she said.
I’ve no idea why it takes many sofa suppliers six weeks to deliver a sofa, but it does and as a result I’ve got nothing to sit on in my new gaff except an expanse of scruffy laminate. The idea of buying a sofa to sit on while I wait for a sofa to arrive seems needlessly extravagant, so I’ve turned to the global network dedicated to giving away stuff and getting stuff for free.
Next week marks Freecycle’s 10th anniversary, a glorious decade of matchmaking compulsive off-loaders with the vaguely needy; it even survived a fractious British schism in 2009, when disaffected Freecyclers broke away to form an almost-identical network, Freegle. Between them, Freegle and Freecycle now boast over 900 local groups in the UK with four million members. That’s a hell of a lot of unwanted stuff that magically transforms into wanted stuff.
More than 3,000 people celebrated Earth Day in Memorial Peace Park and at the ACT on Saturday.
One and a half cube vans of donated items were given away as part of this year’s Freecycle event.
“It is trying to take the stigma off of second-hand,” said Leanne Koehn, an organizer from the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.
One person’s trash really is another’s treasure – and helps save the planet. Carol Davis meets Deron Beal, the man behind Freecycle, who has made the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – his mission.
Freecycle is a ‘win-win-win’ solution for givers, takers and the environment.
The stone lion that graced our patio for years had done its work. Faded in the sun, it had lain there for almost a decade after the previous owners left it behind when they moved, and our children and their friends had climbed on to its back while playing. Now we wanted the space back.
But before we heaved it off to the local tip, we tried something different – a simple email to our local Freecycle group. Within hours a smartly dressed couple in a new car turned up to collect it, and then emailed to thank us – “Leo the lion is very happy in his new home.”
One woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure it seems, and that’s where Freecycle comes in.
As the brainwave of Deron Beal, then working in a non-profit recycling centre in Tucson, Arizona, this global movement began almost a decade ago with a simple unwanted bed.