`Freecycle networking connects people from all over the world. It’s a grassroots and nonprofit effort in which people give and receive merchandise for free.
Some say it’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by area volunteers.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
There are thousands of locally run, grassroots freecycling groups worldwide. Once you join a local group or start one, posts can be created for items to give away. Here’s how to advertise an item:
• First, you need something to scrap, such as a bike.
• Instead of throwing it away, do an online search and join a local freecycling group. Access a website, such as www.trashnothing.com, to conduct a search.
• Create a new “offer” post that is sent to the group and seen by all of the group members. SAMPLE OFFER: Mountain bike (in Massillon) I have an old blue mountain bike available. It could use some oil and the tires are a bit worn but it’s a great starter bike.
• Group members interested in your bike will contact you privately.
• You choose which person you would like to give the bike to.
• Between you and the selected recipient, a time and place are arranged for picking up the bike.
• The bike is picked up, and you let everyone in your network know that the bike is no longer available by sending a “taken” post.
Million dollar question for sewing fans: What to do with leftover fabric
A great question surfaced at Homestyle’s first Dish & Design event about getting organized in the New Year: What do you do with leftover fabric when you’ve finished a project? Some sewers keep the fabric in bins. But once you have plenty of leftover fabric, then what? Brenda Rogerson, education director for the American Sewing Expo in Novi, recommends Freecycle.org. Freecyle is a forum where anyone can post or inquire about items that they’re trying to pass on. For example, Rogerson says Freecycle is where a lot of folks “who sew for animal rescues know to check here for their supplies,” she writes in an email. “I also had someone say they would take fabric scraps to nursing homes for craft projects. I believe some quilt guilds and churches also take donations, but I do not have a specific list.” This year’s American Sewing Expo is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
Donate rather than discard items. When new gifts replace working but old possessions, donate them to a charitable cause or give them away. Check out the Freecycle network at Freecycle.org..
The Freecycle station was a huge hit. Freecycle promotes the idea of recycling items by donating them to others, rather than throwing them out, and encourages individuals to be conscious of what they throw away. The Freecycle station at EarthFest held many treasures from clothes to light bulbs. Although EarthFest is only done once a year, there is a McDonough County Freecycle Network located at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mcdonoughcoilFreecycle/info.
FIND FREE STUFF: The website Free Cycle.org is a great resource to find free furniture and all kinds of items in your local area. If you have usable items that you don’t want or need anymore, instead of filling up the landfills, post them on FreeCycle and let someone else take the item for free! Anyone is welcome to sign up and post or to take free items. —
The Teton County Freecycle.org group matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them.
It is another spoke in the wheel that supports the local community, another tool in Linda Sentz’ toolbox. Sentz is a board member of both the Teton County Food Pantry and Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization, both organizations that give a helping hand to those people in need. She said that only 40 people are in the Freecycle group and she would like to see that doubled or tripled.
The national Freecycle Network has a goal of keeping usable items out of landfills, but a “wanted” or an “offer” posting on the Teton County recycle webpage might fulfill a basic need for a refrigerator or other appliance, for example, Sentz said.
The Internet listings help people give unwanted items to someone else for free. Freecycle creates a circle of giving rather than items discarded. To join the Teton County Freecycle group, sign up at www.freecycle.org.
Freecycle.org is a worldwide movement made up of many individual groups across the globe.
The motto is “One Person’s Trash can truly be another’s treasure.” It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator and membership is free. It’s a place to exchange items with people in your local community for free. To sign up and locate your community, visit the website.
Williston residents looking to get rid of unwanted items have a new venue to keep those items out of landfills.
Freecycle is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills,” according to the Freecycle website.
The local group has the same goal.
“Freecycle is a group that was started to promote recycling, only it’s a different kind of recycling,” Freecycle member Serena Woodward said. “Instead of throwing your old stuff in the trash, you give it to someone else. The main premise is that if you take something from Freecycle you’re agreeing not to sell it. If you decide that you didn’t need it or you’re done with it, you give it to someone else. It keeps stuff out of landfills.”
Freecycle is a free online program where students can enter whatever items they want to throw away.
“The idea is, you put anything on there, not wanting anything in return, and the understanding is that the person will come to you, you don’t have to send or transport it anywhere else and it’s free,” Rankin said.
Welcome to April, Ok, so it’s technically still March but Spring is certainly in the air!! It’s starting to get warmer out, and hopefully we’ll soon all be able to open our windows on a regular basis.
This also means Spring cleaning!
Get out to that garage, up in the attic or down to the basement. Now is the best time to get that extra stuff moved out and into a new home!
FREECYCLE IT!!!!!! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilwaukeeFreecycle/
You’d be surprised what other people would love to have. Stuff you don’t even realize you still have. How about that thingamajig you have in that dusty box in the back corner of your basement. I know it’s safely guarded by a field of spider webs, but if you arm
yourself with a metal bowl on your head to protect your hair from getting dirty (please wash it before you cook the family dinner, well, if it’s for the in-laws, it’s up to you), goggles to keep your eyes safe, some earmuffs to keep critters out of your ears, gloves to
keep your hands clean, and a bio-hazard suit to protect your clothes, you can make it through the army of webs and get to that box. Then you can FREECYCLE IT!!!!! (and get the webs out of there too) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilwaukeeFreecycle/
It’ll be fun, go for it. You never know, someone might actually really really really need that thingamajig, and you might be the only one that still has it.