Global Society News: Freecycle: Transforming trash into treasure

In a world increasingly burdened by waste, The Freecycle Network® stands out as a beacon of environmental stewardship and community spirit. With over 5,000 local groups and more than 11 million members globally, this grassroots nonprofit is revolutionising the way we think about giving and receiving.

Founded on May 1, 2003, by Deron Beal, Freecycle started as an innovative solution to a common problem. While working for RISE, a Tucson-based nonprofit providing recycling services and transitional employment, Beal noticed that many perfectly usable items were being discarded. Determined to find a more efficient way to repurpose these goods, he created an email group for Tucson residents, allowing them to offer and request items freely. This simple yet powerful idea quickly gained traction, evolving into a global movement.

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