Wednesday, August 16, 2006

You don't need to become a Tory to be green

Our daily paper had a big supplement on being green. I read about Freecycle in it and joined up today.

This is what it is/does:

"The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on "Go To" or you may immediately joining by clicking on "Join." It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for the local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Can't find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on "Start a Group" for instructions). Have fun!

The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be another's treasure!

When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages."

I just got rid of an old leather chair that we'd got fed up with, it isn't comfortable any mpre and was just taking up space. Tomorrow night it will be history. I'm glad it's not going to landfill. Charities can't take it without a smoke proof label thingy.

Maybe I'll stop feeling the urge to look in skips now. I mentioned on another blog that I once actually bumped my car while rubber necking a skip. I was only doing about 10 mph in traffic.........


Blogger blkbutterfly said...

hmmm... that's a very interesting concept. it sounds pretty cool. when i was moving, i thought about all the stuff that was being thrown away that someone would appreciate to have for free.

4:15 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

It's worldwide, so hopeful it will really make a difference

11:40 am  

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