To begin the process of remodeling our kitchen, the old was gutted and appliances were going to be thrown away. Donating to Goodwill or other non-profits was not possible — our old kitchen was “too old” despite all being in working condition. Freecycle to the Rescue.
Freecycle is an online listing service sort of like Craig’s List but, as the name implies, “free.” The mission of Freecyle, as quoted in Adam Grant’s book, “Give and Take,” is to “build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”
Use sites such as Freecycle, a local online community where people come and collect your unwanted goods from your house for free – www.freecycle.org
7. Use Freecycle to become an entrepreneur
Freecycle is a website where people can offer old household items to the community for free.
That way people can give them a new home, while the old owner doesn’t have to go to the dump. Many local community Facebook pages have similar functions.
Picking up items off of these sites and selling them on an eBay store is a great way of making money for nothing.
Recycling and reusing can reach beyond spent wine bottles and yesterday’s newspapers. If you’re about to do a home renovation or building project, start thinking outside the hardware store.
Building materials can be salvaged from neighbours, your basement, reuse stores, thrift stores and online platforms such as Freecycle, Facebook and Craigslist. You can cut costs and have a more unique, finished look.
Earth Day Festival “Earth Fest”
Special Earth Day Festival to learn about compost, recycling, energy efficiency, and much more. Play recycling games, learn how to compost, and create upcycled art. Stations include representatives from AIRE, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Environmental Services, Remove Invasive Plants, Creative Resources, Fitness, and more. This activity takes place when school is out, and all ages are invited.
This event is to raise awareness on conservation for environmental protection. Themes include reduce, reuse, recycle. Exhibitors should focus on themes surrounding Earth Day.
Kate Sweet, Freecycle Moderator was present at the event, she says:
‘all the stuff on the table was free and when folks selected an item I told them they did their first freecycle and offered to sign them up on the spot!!!!’
3. Think carefully about what you’re buying
Could you be more mindful with your purchases – perhaps buying new things less often, enabling you to spend a little more on sustainably-produced goods that are made to last?
“Sustainability starts with not consuming. Ask yourself if you really need what you think you need,” says TV interior designer Naomi Cleaver, who’s teamed up with Moda (modaliving.com) on projects to help revolutionise city centre living across the UK. “Look on websites like Freecycle and eBay (plus charity shops) before you buy anything. There are lots of sharing websites and apps popping up enabling you to hire household equipment, such as occasionally-used tools, so you don’t have to buy them. Only buy things for your home that, to paraphrase William Morris, you love and will endure years of use, as well as passing trends.”
7. Furniture. Place an ad in your local paper, or post your items up for sale on Craigslist. If you want to give the stuff away, post on the FreeCycle website. Or call the next fundraiser auction that comes along and ask whether your items could be picked up. If your furniture is really as great as you think, it’ll be gone before you know it.
Sources of materials are op shops such as Salvos and Vinnies, free stuff picked up from friends, kerbside clean-ups and listed on websites such as Gumtree, Freecycle and Zilch. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. You can also get unique pieces for your garden at bargain prices on ebay.
Anyone who received presents they didn’t want and can’t return, could consider organising a present swap with friends or relatives.
They could also be swapped or sold online at freecycle.co.uk and ebay.co.uk.
Unwanted presents could also be donated to a charity shop rather than just thrown out or put away, never to be used.
I’ve been a part of the Freecycle group for over a decade. For seven years now we have been doing an “adopt-a-family” event at Christmas.
What we do is find families in need and “adopt” them. Then, with the help of others in the Freecycle group, friends, family and local businesses, we get donations of gently used and new clothing and toys.
Once everything is gathered we have a wrapping party. All the gifts are sorted and wrapped. A few days before Christmas we deliver to the families.
For some it is a little uncomfortable or embarrassing when we arrive. It isn’t easy asking for help. But they relax as we are there.
We usually have the kids open one present and they can save the rest for Christmas morning.
This year we did something different and picked two senior citizens, sometimes a forgotten part of or community, especially if they do not have living family.
The point of the Simi Valley Freecycle group is to keep things out of the landfill by recycling & repurposing.