Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Freecycled

In Honor of Earth Day yesterday, I wanted to revisit a favorite site/organization called Freecycle. Do you have a bunch of stuff laying around the house that you want to get rid of, but you're too busy to have a Garage Sale? Don't think it will sell on ebay or craigslist? Don't want to throw it out because it still has a useful life? Need it to disappear by the end of the day or week? Consider putting it up for grabs on your local FreeCycle site! Looking for something that you hope someone is giving away? Need a used lawnmower or weedwacker? How about a used digital camera or mp3 player that nobody wants anymore? Check out the posts on your local FreeCycle site.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,342 groups with 4,921,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Join the fun at

I've "freecycled" many items that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. It's a great way to clean out an office, your garage or anywhere you have clutter that you want to get rid of but don't want to just throw it away. Believe it or not, someone out there might actually want your old 70's disco records, or dusty old Atari 2600 you found in the back of the closet. I've given away old printer, computers, monitors, large houseplants, beds... things that I would have had to pay to have them hauled away. Instead of ending up in a landfill, they found a new home and people were able to put them all to good use! I was even able to pick up an old used soccer ball for our dog to play with! So if you're looking for specific items that you hope nobody wants, or if you want to get rid of some things, put them up for grabs. You'll have done your part in the conservation movement and feel better about yourself.

No comments: