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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/

Mirror.co.uk: Woman shares easy hacks for £3.70 food shop, free bike and 50p clothes

She says anyone in search of furniture, books and toys should also sign up to Freecycle.

This is an app where local people can list and request items they need or no longer want.

“My best collection to date has been a bike. Initially I collected it for our grandson, but it’s a road bike, not cool I’m guessing, so I got to keep it. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/woman-shares-easy-hacks-370-25035767

Solihull Observer: How to save the planet – and pennies – with secondhand furniture

A more sophisticated site, the grassroots and non-profit set up Freecycle (freecycle.org) allows searches based on location – reducing carbon footprints even further by not needing to travel so far. Membership is free and the site is carefully monitored.

https://solihullobserver.co.uk/lifestyle/how-to-save-the-planet-and-pennies-with-secondhand-furniture-32699/

Freecycle Tips and Tricks: My Messages

Now that we’ve rolled out the new Freecycle user interface, we’re starting a new occasional column in Newswire to bring you tips and tricks for getting the most out of Freecycle. Today the topic is My Messages. This new Freecycle feature lets you handle most of your communications online. 

Tip #1: When you reply to a post, choose Reply Online to keep your email private. 

Tip #2: Whenever you make a post or reply to a post, be sure to keep an eye out for new messages so you won’t miss anything! Simply click on the envelope icon at the upper right on any Freecycle page to get to My Messages

My Messages is where you’ll see:  

  • Replies to others’ posts (online replies only)
  • Replies to my posts (online replies only)
  • Chats with Friends 
  • Contact Moderator 
  • Notifications (system notifications show up here)

By having more ways to communicate we can keep more stuff out of landfills and save the planet, one gift at a time!  

For more information about My Messages, please see our help guide here: https://freecycle.helpscoutdocs.com/article/94-my-messages

For more information about how to use Freecycle, click on the green question mark in the lower right-hand corner of any Freecycle.org page.