For those looking to establish their own tool bank, or just looking for that special something, the online registry freecycle.org is a forum for people to “offer” items or post needed items in an effort to reduce landfill waste.
“If you buy a new fridge and you have an extra one that still works, you can list it, and someone who needs one can see it, and it allows you to e-mail back and forth and coordinate getting it to the right person,” said Bill Dickerson, Freecycle Memphis’ administrator. “The idea is that people are not wasting so many things. We live in such a disposable society. We use little while we throw away so much. If something breaks, we don’t fix it. We just throw it away.”