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Bloomberg.com: Freecycle: The Shopping Trend That Doesn’t Wreck the Planet

The Freecycle website works a bit like any online auction, except no money changes hands. People gift unwanted items — anything from furniture to electronics, clothes, plants and even musical instruments — to neighbors in the same community. The winning bidder is usually the person who was the fastest to respond or had the best reason for wanting it. Unlike sites such as eBay, groups are formed locally, so most items are exchanged within a few kilometers of each other.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-17/freecycle-how-to-shop-without-the-environmental-guilt

TUSCON.COM: Clean up, reuse, recycle in the New Year

Reducing landfill waste and reusing items is at the core of the mission of the Freecycle Network (freecycle.org/town/TucsonAZ), a nonprofit grassroots movement founded by Tucsonan Deron Beal in 2003. Since then, it has grown to 9.5 million members globally who give and receive items for free through more than 5,000 local groups. Membership is free and the organization also offers small personal Friend Circles that allow members to lend items between friends and family members.

https://tucson.com/news/local/giving/clean-up-reuse-recycle-in-the-new-year/article_941626a4-6fe6-11ec-9dd7-a3f8faf38b36.html

Cwmbran Life: Don’t be scammed by ‘Facebook fly-tippers’- check if the business has a licence

Fly-tipping Action Wales also encourages people to reduce the amount of waste they have to dispose of by using services such as Freecycle, donating unwanted items to local charities and looking into the free and paid services your local council has available.

Hamilton Spectator: Jan. 1: Pay nurses properly, declutter with Hamilton’s active Freecycle group and other letters

On decluttering

Regarding the article headlined ‘Clearing the way for clutter-free holidays’ (Dec. 24): Hamilton has an active Freecycle group, part of the worldwide non-profit, which accepts offers of usable household goods to members. Freecycle is free to join, and all items offered must be free. Membership is free, too. If you have clutter too good for the landfill, chances are that a Freecycle member will be happy to pick it up off your porch and give it a new home. Check out Freecycle.org to see how it all works.

https://www.thespec.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editors/2022/01/01/jan-1-pay-nurses-properly-declutter-with-hamiltons-active-freecycle-group-and-other-letters.html

The Cornish Times: Reduce, reuse and recycle for a low carbon Christmas

• regift unwanted items that are in good condition to others, donate them to charity shops, give them away on free sale sites like Freecycle or Freegle or on local Facebook groups, or take items that could be fixed to repair cafés and give them a new lease of life

https://www.cornish-times.co.uk/article.cfm?id=130796&headline=Reduce,%20reuse%20and%20recycle%20for%20a%20low%20carbon%20Christmas&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2021

Ideal.co.uk: An upcycler has given her IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers a vintage-inspired makeover

‘The unit was a freebie from Freecycle,’ Kata tells us. This meant she had a little more to spend on accessories, like the showstopping high-end handles.

ABC News: Take your holiday meals in thrifted or reusable dishes for sustainable soirees

“From neighborhood thrift shops to vintage boutiques, almost every shop selling pre-loved items has baking and serving ware,” she said. “They can also be plentiful at flea markets and yard sales. Additionally, you can look at online marketplaces, Craigslist, other classifieds and ‘free stuff’ sites like freecycle.org. Lastly, hold on to baking ware you plan to replace — and you’ll be all set for your next potluck.”

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Food/holiday-meals-thrifted-reusable-dishes-sustainable-soirees/story?id=81538757

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.