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Deron’s Forum Presentation

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XztOsCVtKBJoRnkO_znCq3079t7NHa27/view

WASTE360: Freecycle Network Fuels Gifting Economy

Who would have thought it would be easy to find a home, other than a C&D landfill, for a few hundred pounds of concrete chunks dug out of a beat-up driveway? But a single post on a website launched in Tucson, Ariz. drew plenty of takers: a school making a garden patio; a builder needing foundation material for a straw bale home; and a guy crafting an outdoor bench.

Akin to an online classified ads outlet, that website, Freecycle.org, has exploded in growth since its beginning, when Founder and Executive Director Deron Beal set up a Yahoo group so his friends and a few nonprofits could link to the new site to give and receive all kinds of stuff at no cost.

https://www.waste360.com/recycling/freecycle-network-fuels-gifting-economy

ToysMatrix: Van conversion: Lifestyle boom – ‘someone flew from Canada to Portugal to pick up a sink’ | Travel News | Travel

With some DIY, they managed to keep the costs down.

“Obviously there are ways to get stuff for a bit cheaper.

“I know people who look for second hand stoves and sinks, and people find a lot of things on freecycle and gumtree.

“Finding something for a bargain is always fun.

https://toysmatrix.com/van-conversion-lifestyle-boom-someone-flew-from-canada-to-portugal-to-pick-up-a-sink-travel-news-travel/

CNBC: From Buy Nothing to Freecycle, gifting groups help bolster budgets and build community

A boom during the pandemic

Groups that promote gift-giving and exchanging goods and services for free have been around for some time. The Freecycle Network was founded in 2003 by Deron Beal to recycle items and Buy Nothing was started by Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller in 2013 as a social experiment on a local gift economy and to cut down on plastic use.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/31/groups-like-buy-nothing-and-freecycle-bolster-budgets-and-community.html

SavingAdvice.com: Borrow Me – Daily Financial Tip

Most of you reading here have heard of FreeCycle.org. It is a nonprofit movement where you can get rid of items you no longer need by giving them away for free or request items that you need. There is another interesting site that is currently in its pre-stage that looks quite promising. It is attempting to address some of the major problems people have with FreeCycle.

USPIRG.org: Guide to non-traditional gifts: Buy pre-loved clothing, tools, home goods

A variety of online groups such as Buy Nothing or Freecycle make it easy for you to get items for free from your neighbors who no longer need them. These groups are gaining popularity, with Freecycle giving away more than 24,000 items each day across more than 100 countries. 

https://uspirg.org/blogs/blog/usf/guide-non-traditional-gifts-buy-pre-loved-clothing-tools-home-goods

Random Length News.com: My Recycled Life: Freecycle in Your Neighborhood

When I moved into my mother’s house, supplies for multiple cats were cramming available space and I only needed enough for two cats. I used freecycle.org to find people who wanted the extra beds, scratching posts, litter pans, toys, and carriers. I was already a long-time user of the site. I continue to use it for oddball items that occupy a twilight zone between too usable to trash, but too junky or bulky or simply not in demand for resale outlets.

https://www.randomlengthsnews.com/archives/2021/10/29/freecycle-neighborhood/36495?v=79cba1185463

The Guardian: ‘We don’t need to buy more stuff’: the people who kit out their homes for free

Many people turning to skips or sites such as Freecycle in a bid to save money and help the planet

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/23/buy-more-stuff-skips-freecycle-save-money

The Greenfield Recorder: No ‘Clean Sweep’ Bulky Waste Recycling Day planned this fall

Donovan encourages residents to call ahead to make sure a store can accept your equipment on the day you plan to visit. Reusable items may also be offered for free on an online sharing group, such as freecycle.org or a Facebook group.

Used building materials (in good condition) can be donated for reuse at the following locations. Donovan advises to call prior to delivery to confirm that your materials will be accepted, or to arrange for free pickup. Deconstruction services may be offered, and items might be tax-deductible.

https://www.recorder.com/No–Clean-Sweep–Bulky-Waste-Recycling-Day-planned-this-fall-43076895

Toysmatrix: Caravan conversion: Couple turn old DHL van into dream home now worth £15k | Travel News | Travel

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The bed was made out of an old ping pong table and a free mattress from Freecycle.

It took six months for the couple to turn the van into a home.

An amazing feat considering neither had much building experience.

https://toysmatrix.com/caravan-conversion-couple-turn-old-dhl-van-into-dream-home-now-worth-15k-travel-news-travel/