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.
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.
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.
A data breach on our site temporarily left members’ email addresses exposed. Fortunately passwords were not exposed, no other personal information was compromised and the breach has been closed (3/23) and reported to the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
What this means for you: While most email providers do a good job at filtering out spam, you may notice an uptick. As always, please remain vigilant of phishing emails, avoid clicking on links in emails, and don’t download attachments unless you are expecting them.
Finally, we want to emphasize that passwords were not exposed in this breach. While you don’t need to change your password at this time, it’s a good idea to regularly update your passwords.
I apologize for this breach personally. Please know that we have extensive firewalls and security measures in place to protect Freecycle.org and its members and that this low-risk breach was our first in nearly 20 years. Know that the breach has been fixed and the private data potentially accessible was limited solely to the email addresses themselves.
-Deron Beal, Executive Director, The Freecycle Network
First up is Freecycle, an app where you can peruse furniture until your heart’s content. Whether you’ve just moved into a new house, or looking to spruce up your bedroom, or maybe just get rid of some stuff you no longer need.
The app allows you to join local town groups to browse for furniture nearby. Or invite some local friends to form a Friends Circle, so you can lend items between your mates.
Simply make posts about things you want to gift or receive. Other members reply and then you can arrange a pick-up time and location – and Bob’s your uncle. Just like that, you’ve saved something from going to a landfill and given it a new life.
Whether you are planning to spruce up your personal space or transform your bedroom, Freecycle is a great app to find and swap free furniture. The site even allows you to create a small friends circle so you can lend items to your mates.
The app currently has more than eight million users who are giving and getting free things from their local communities.
The versatile dish can be adapted easily for larger portions, goes well with sausages and is made in just four simple steps. Offering more advice, Mo said: “My Freecycle slow cooker is a blessing for casseroles or curries and I use my combi microwave/oven to save on power.”