4. Freecycle and community programs: Keep an eye out for local programs or websites like Freecycle, where people give away unwanted gardening supplies, tools, and even plants for free. Additionally, some communities offer free gardening workshops or seedling giveaways, so be sure to check if any are available in your area.
When she was pregnant with Isaac, Helen sourced a cot for £20, as well as a Moses’ basket and a chest of drawers for free and a changing unit that only cost £10 – by utilising Facebook groups where members post things they’re looking to quickly flog, as well as FreeCycle and car boot sales. It didn’t stop at furniture, as Helen found baby clothes and even cloth nappies on second-hand sites that were in good condition, if not new.
“Some of these may be broken or no longer required but they all had an environmental cost to produce and an environmental cost to get rid of. Many of these would be of value to others.
“There are social media sites such as Freecycle, Before the Tip and local Facebook pages where you can advertise items but not everyone uses social media. Charity shops rightly have high standards for furniture and electrical goods which require PAT testing.
Scrap or sell: The copper and aluminum in cables have value, says Deron Beal, founder and executive director of Freecycle, a site where people can give away items locally. You can sell your coffin of cords to a metal recycling facility (the places that crush cars). Beal recently got $20 doing so for a small box of mixed wires. If that sounds like too much work, post them on Freecycle.org or another buy-nothing group and a scrapper is likely to take ’em off your hands.
Freecycle is a global community of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their local communities. Joining a local Freecycle group connects you with members in your area who are looking to give away items or request items from others. This eco-friendly initiative aims to reduce waste while helping people get what they need without breaking the bank.
Roughly 250 million people were still visiting Craigslist worldwide each month in 2022, 27 years after the site was launched in 1995—and many of those Craigslist users are posting and sharing goods under the site’s popular “free stuff” section. About eight years after Craigslist was launched, Freecycle Network came online in 2003. More than 9 million Americans were still using Freecycle as of 2020, which I detailed in an article that year. And then there’s the relatively young Buy Nothing Project, which turned 10 years old in July of 2023. In addition to providing a digital space where people can request things they need, post things they’re giving away, and share gratitude, one of the B corp’s social benefit model goals is to encourage people to organize community and local events around buying nothing.
7. Online platforms: Several online platforms allow individuals to connect and exchange various items, including puzzles. Websites such as Freecycle, Craigslist, or local Facebook groups can be great places to donate your used puzzles to people who are actively seeking them.
8. Online Platforms: There are several online platforms where you can donate or sell used puzzles. Websites such as Freecycle, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace allow you to connect with people in your local area who may be interested in receiving your used puzzles.
There are a range of ways to find pre-loved clothes – scour the local charity shops, visit freecycle pages and marketplaces on the internet, download free second-hand clothing apps, ask other parents in your school WhatsApp group, find out if your school runs a swap shop or visit retailer’s second-hand shops online.