8. . Join Freecycle to find items you need or get rid of items you don’t. The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,121 groups with 7,064,695 members around the world. It’s a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free at www.freecycle.org.
“One’s from the 80s and one’s from the 70s as far as I can make out and they sound beautiful.”
Meet Peter Warner, aka “Freebie Pete.” When he wanted a guitar, and didn’t have the money to buy one, he turned to “Freecycle,” a site connecting people giving things away with those looking for free stuff.
“What’s somebody’s trash, someone else can use, that’s a beautiful thing.”
But Pete also pays it forward. He’s given away baby gear on “Freecycle.”
Selling furniture that is not antique, a brand name or in great condition is not that easy, according to Sally Reinholdt, a professional organizer with Commonwealth Organizing Solutions in Alexandria, Va. You can generally find someone to come and take away something in decent shape for free on Craigslist or Freecycle or your neighborhood e-mail list. Today, an army of chalk painters are looking for beat-up tables and chests to rehab. But Reinholdt said clients often have an inflated view of what their used furniture is worth.
Downsize by donating things you no longer use. If you want to give away things you no longer need, donate to a local nonprofit or check out a local web-based Freecycle Network. This is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving away things they no longer need or want and getting new stuff for free from other people in their community. Local groups are moderated by a volunteer and membership is free.
Photo courtesy of The Freecycle Network Deron Beal founded the Freecycle Network in 2003.
Offer: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Taken: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Offer: Bale of hay (75228); Wanted: gallon glass jar (75218); Nov. 4, 2013, digest #2975. So goes the pattern of recycling, Freecycle Network style.
When you donate an item to one of the many charitable organizations, which pick up from your home or have donation bins placed around town, it’s a kind, altruistic gesture. Though most of the philanthropic organizations are undoubtedly trustworthy, you never really know if the item’s going to someone who needs or wants it, or if it’s going anywhere other than the trash bin. As it turns out, about 70 percent of donations to some of the organizations are thrown away.
Celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, April 22 in the Oak Grove by participating in Freecycle. This is a community effort designed to keep useful items out of the trash by giving said items away to be put to good use. Freecycle @ SF welcomes the donation of small personal items in good condition including clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, linens, craft supplies and home décor items. Items remaining at the end of the day will be donated to The Repurpose Project located in downtown Gainesville or Saints Shareware located in HA-130.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement & Service and open to the public.
Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organization started in 2003 in Arizona. Since then, Freecycling has spread to cities all over the U.S., and to 85 countries around the world.
Millions of members have joined since its inception almost 10 years ago, and together they keep 500 tons of perfectly good items out of the landfill every day, according to www.freecycle.org.
Freecycle Network is considered a worldwide “gifting” movement that benefits communities while saving valuable resources. It is not a trading community and no money is ever accepted. The goal is for members to “give” the items they don’t want, without any strings attached or compensation. In Las Cruces, Carrie Hamblen, executive director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, has been an active member for more than two years, and avidly encourages Las Cruces residents to join.
November 15 is America Recycles Day, and across the nation, thousands of local events will be held to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. Recycling has become a multi-billion dollar industry in this country, and no matter what your politics, recycling helps create green jobs, reduces litter and what goes in landfills, and protects our natural resources.
This year in Alpine, we will be promoting “FreeCycling” as a fun and easy way to recycle things you no longer need. The mission of FreeCycle is to keep usable items out of the landfill. It is estimated that FreeCycle groups are helping to keep 500 tons a day from reaching landfills around the world.
Amanda told me that you can check Freecycle or a thrift store to find an inexpensive crib mattress which you can then wash down with some diluted bleach. She took some comfy fleece material and cut two pieces that extended 6 inches past the edge of the mattress. Then, cut four inch long strips that are about two inches wide. Place one piece of fabric on top of the mattress, and one on the bottom, lining up your strips. Now, tie these strips (a top one to a bottom one) together, all the way around. And there you have it!!
Paper products can be bulky. I use a coat closet to store anything that doesn’t fit in a bathroom or kitchen area, but any free space in a closet will do. My kitchen is a challenge because it is a bit smaller. To overcome space issues, I discovered a pantry cabinet on Freecycle. Our canned goods go in it. I also use over-the-door shoe organizers to hold small bags and boxes such as rice, puddings, granola bars and bottles of cleaners. I have one in the pantry and one on the laundry room door.