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Changing the world one gift at a time
Changing the world one gift at a time


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221 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

Here's some amazing ideas that you can use to turn your unwanted stuff into awesome things! Have you done any of these?
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Our UK Director +James Lane talks about our #Freecycle  project - what did you think the first time someone introduced you to Freecycle?
The Freecycle Network: Sometimes, thing that sound this good, are still true

Your neighbours are giving away stuff, and you can have it, for free.  I know, it sounds bonkers, right?  Bare with me, let me explain how it works, and how you're going to want to get involved.

+The Freecycle Network is an international organisation, has thousands of groups worldwide, with millions of members.

All Most towns have a Freecycle group, they're free to join and you get to see all the stuff that's being given away - if you see something you could use, you reply to the poster, make arrangements and go get it.

Errrr, what?  People giving stuff away?  Yeah, pull the other one

I know, I know.  But it's real.  The Freecycle Network was set up first in 2003 when the founder (+Deron Beal) had a mattress to give away, but couldn't find anyone who would be wanted it - so he emailed round to his friends to offer it.

That's how it started, and that's basically how it continues today.

What's the aim here?

Ok, so Freecycle is an environmental group, and rather than see reusable things go into the landfill, the facility is set-up to enable communities to distribute these items within their neighbourhoods.

Running with this community approach allows the environmental impact to be maintained as low as possible (by the nature of the groups, you'll live or work near the person giving the stuff away) while encouraging community support and cohesion (which let's be honest, is a slightly posh was of saying "being neighbourly").

So you get to help save the environment AND re-home perfectly reusable stuff..... FOR FREE

What kind of stuff can I expect to see on

It could basically be anything, there's only a few rules for the stuff listed -

1) Everything posted must be free
2) Everything posted must be legal
3) Everything posted must be appropriate for all ages

If it meets the above, there's a real good chance that you could see it on

The range and selection is varied and impressive.

Cars and caravans, to TVs and computers, to jam jars and biscuit tins - all are welcome.

As many of you know, I work for +The Freecycle Network, and part of my role is introducing people to #Freecycle  for the first time.  I'm always amused by people's reactions when I explain all about what we're doing at Freecycle.

Usually a mixture of disbelief that such an awesome project exists, amazement that they haven't heard of it before, and excitement to get involved.

How do I get involved?

1) Go to
2) Type your local town into the find a group near you box
3) Join the group
4) Say "Where have you been all my life?"
5) Share this post to help spread the work of this non-profit/charity (this is entirely optional, it would just be greatly appreciated)

Know that we truly appreciate your support, your participation, and your effort.

Together, we're changing the world, one gift at a time.
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In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin explores how today’s unprecedented interconnectedness is making core institutions such as private property, democracy, and national boundaries irrelevant—and explains what will replace them.

Being connected is a massive part of what Freecycle is all about, there's MILLIONS of you around the world helping to save good stuff from ending up in the landfill every day.  So, we'd like to ask you: Has using Freecycle changed how you view 'stuff'?  Do you throw less away?

Let us know in the comments below and we'll pick one to receive a copy of Jeremy Rifkin's new book, absolutely free!
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Who would like this drum set? Made from repurposed old barrels, the drum kit sure would take some beating!
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Earth Stewardship, it's not just a fad! Join +The Freecycle Network and +Charity Sub for just $5 to help leave behind a sustainable environment for the next-generation. Vote for #freecycle  here:
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How do you choose who will receive the item(s) you're giving away?
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Whether your midnight has already passed, or it's coming up soon, from everyone here at The Freecycle Network, we wish you a wonderful one.

If you're planning any New Year's resolution that might involve Freecycle, we'd sure like to hear about it.  Leave your New Year messages or resolutions below in the comments!
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Reuse tip: Reuse Old Cassette Tape Cases as Gift Card Boxes

Warning: Those under the age of 20 may not recognise this, please refer to your parents for guidance.

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Have you ever upcycled old mugs, bottles or bowls into light fixtures?
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We're thankful for you all. If you're celebrating, have a great one!
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