Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

From 2015 onward, new posts will appear only here: http://www.sierraclub.org/greenlife


The Green Life: Freecycling 101

« Green Home Building and Remodeling: Planning | Main | Coal Ringtones Hit a False Note »

May 11, 2009

Freecycling 101

Freecycling means giving and taking Freecycling is a daringly simple idea. Need something you don't have? Don't head to the store. Head to your freecycle community. Someone will be looking to get rid of it. You can furnish most of your house in this way, plus get kitchen items, clothes, packing boxes, and all manner of other things. When you move, you can give away most of what you got, plus whatever else you don’t need.

All of this is made possible by the internet: The Freecycle Network was born in 2003, the brainchild of Deron Beal and RISE, a Tucson, Ariz.-based organization committed to creating jobs through recycling. Seeing perfectly usable items coming through to be recycled, Beal invited a few dozen friends to join an email list through which they could share things instead of recycling them. 

The idea mushroomed. In 2004, the Freecycle Network became official, and by 2009, according to freecycle.org, it had exploded into 4,740 groups in more than 85 countries with almost 7 million members. The system is run by volunteer moderators the world over – and by the millions of environmentally conscious people worldwide with stuff to give away. To find a group near you, go to freecycle.org and enter your location. The rules are simple. It's got to be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

--Joy Hecht


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Freecycling 101:

User comments or postings reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Sierra Club accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Up to Top

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...