‘FREECYLE’ ON THE MAP

When I say freecycle, what do you think of? Going on a bike ride, without having to spend a penny? That’s what many people have in my mind when you say the term and they’re unfamiliar with its origins. I understand the confusion, it is easily done. But for those of you who may still be unsure about what it is or what it’s all about, I will let the online dictionary tell you…

FREECYCLE:

Verb: give away (something used or unwanted), as opposed to selling it or throwing it away, especially in an arrangement made via the internet.

Upon working on this piece, I had shared a shout-out in several Mansfield-based freecycle sites, to get the feelers out from regular users and those who have benefited from the service. Not only does it alleviate issues of waste, from an environmentally conscious perspective but it also provides vital support to those that may not be able to afford a brand new sofa, or fork out on a new fridge… It is a way to secure living essentials or even luxury items… As one person’s trash, is another person’s treasure!

“Freecycle is for everyone—regardless of economic status—since, again, the primary goal is to keep usable stuff out of the landfill. Membership in The Freecycle Network is free, and you usually join the Freecycle chapter in your local area so that items can be picked up and dropped off in person, usually at your home or place of business, rather than shipped through the mail.” (source)

Resident, Lewis Frogg kindly shared how; ‘through freecycle and other sources, I almost kitted out my flat for free… Including carpets, sofas… Pots, pans and I love using freecycle sites and having a nosy around them.’ Lewis is not alone in his thought, as local freecycle sites have anywhere between 900 and 5k members.

Whether you have good quality items that you no longer need, or you are on the lookout for kitting out your new place or setting up a community project… These freecycle sites are the place to go! A great asset to the local area, reducing waste and providing accessible collections to be made, with no cost whatsoever. Can you even call it a bargain, if it’s free? I suppose in many ways, it is no different from how communities would pass around children’s clothing to local families, once one child had grown out of said items. It essentially is the digital version of this, but offers local people the opportunity to secure lots of quirky finds, whether it be garden furniture, teapots, or clothing and books. It really is an online treasure chest of endless possibilities…

I have had it before, where I have been wanting some tiles for artistic ventures, and then lo and behold, some tiles pop up on a freecycle site, or you might be wanting to make something in the garden, and so and so a few streets away is getting rid of some wood. It works in mysterious and intriguing ways! That is part of its appeal.

Just a few, to get you started!

Mansfield FREEcycle (UK)

Mansfield woodhouse freecycle…

Warsop Freecycle

Freecycle Shirebrook & Langwith

‘FREECYLE’ ON THE MAP

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 24 Apr 2021

When I say freecycle, what do you think of? Going on a bike ride, without having to spend a penny? That’s what many people have in my mind when you say the term and they’re unfamiliar with its origins. I understand the confusion, it is easily done. But for those of you who may still be unsure about what it is or what it’s all about, I will let the online dictionary tell you…

FREECYCLE:

Verb: give away (something used or unwanted), as opposed to selling it or throwing it away, especially in an arrangement made via the internet.

Upon working on this piece, I had shared a shout-out in several Mansfield-based freecycle sites, to get the feelers out from regular users and those who have benefited from the service. Not only does it alleviate issues of waste, from an environmentally conscious perspective but it also provides vital support to those that may not be able to afford a brand new sofa, or fork out on a new fridge… It is a way to secure living essentials or even luxury items… As one person’s trash, is another person’s treasure!

“Freecycle is for everyone—regardless of economic status—since, again, the primary goal is to keep usable stuff out of the landfill. Membership in The Freecycle Network is free, and you usually join the Freecycle chapter in your local area so that items can be picked up and dropped off in person, usually at your home or place of business, rather than shipped through the mail.” (source)

Resident, Lewis Frogg kindly shared how; ‘through freecycle and other sources, I almost kitted out my flat for free… Including carpets, sofas… Pots, pans and I love using freecycle sites and having a nosy around them.’ Lewis is not alone in his thought, as local freecycle sites have anywhere between 900 and 5k members.

Whether you have good quality items that you no longer need, or you are on the lookout for kitting out your new place or setting up a community project… These freecycle sites are the place to go! A great asset to the local area, reducing waste and providing accessible collections to be made, with no cost whatsoever. Can you even call it a bargain, if it’s free? I suppose in many ways, it is no different from how communities would pass around children’s clothing to local families, once one child had grown out of said items. It essentially is the digital version of this, but offers local people the opportunity to secure lots of quirky finds, whether it be garden furniture, teapots, or clothing and books. It really is an online treasure chest of endless possibilities…

I have had it before, where I have been wanting some tiles for artistic ventures, and then lo and behold, some tiles pop up on a freecycle site, or you might be wanting to make something in the garden, and so and so a few streets away is getting rid of some wood. It works in mysterious and intriguing ways! That is part of its appeal.

Just a few, to get you started!

Mansfield FREEcycle (UK)

Mansfield woodhouse freecycle…

Warsop Freecycle

Freecycle Shirebrook & Langwith

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