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What is Freecycle all about? Freecycle IS An Alternative To Keep Useful Things Out Of Landfills.

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**WHAT IS FREECYCLE(R) ALL ABOUT?**

FIRST, WHAT IT “ISN’T” ABOUT

Freecycle is NOT about giving only to the poor. It is NOT about getting as much free stuff as we can. It is NOT about getting things to earn money on the side. It is NOT about getting rid of junk that would be better off in the landfill. It is NOT about posting a “wish list” for expensive items and expecting a fairy godmother to fulfill it for us. It is NOT a community bulletin board for finding rentals, dentists, mechanics, or advertising our businesses and services or special events.

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Freecycle IS about keeping useful things out of the trash. It IS about giving away something that has no use in our life anymore to someone who could extend its usefulness a little longer. It IS about giving gifts to people while clearing out our own clutter. It IS about creating, building, and sustaining an environmentally aware community.

OFFERING ITEMS WE NO LONGER NEED TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM Bicycle-basket-1

When we post an OFFER, we’re offering to give someone a gift. It is up to us to give this gift to whomever we feel would be the best recipient. We’re not obligated to give our gift to someone who is rich, poor, single, married, has no kids, has 1 kid, has 15 kids, has a car, doesn’t have a car, or has a purple octopus named George living in their backyard. We can choose the most polite, the rudest, the funniest, or the shortest response to receive our gift. We can put their names in a hat and do a draw, or we can wave our magic fingers over our screens and pick one that way. We can choose the first, 3rd, or 53rd respondent. We can wait 24 hours and then decide. It is up to us.

LETTING OTHER PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE NEED

When we post a WANTED message, or respond to an offer, we’re requesting a gift. The odds are that no one on this list will be able to give us what we’re asking for. But sometimes somebody will see a WANTED for a bowling ball and go “AHA! I have one in my closet!” But, you know what? Just because we’re rich, poor, single, married, have no kids, have 1 kid, have 15 kids, have a car, don’t have a car, or have a purple octopus named George living in our backyard, does not mean we’re more worthy of receiving a gift from a fellow Freecycle member than the average person living down the street.

Sending emails that don’t say “please” or “thank you” are a way to not receive an item. Sending emails with nasty comments in them are one way to find ourselves in a bit of trouble.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN FREECYCLE

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 our 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. You can even post a Wanted message to the group because somebody might have just the exact thing you really need stored away in a closet.

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

YOU’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY BY PARTICIPATING

We’re part of a community. In every community, there are people who don’t get along. And in most communities, when two people don’t get along, they just avoid each other. To do that on Freecycle, all you have to do is set up a filter to send any email from someone you don’t want to hear from straight into your trash bin.

So, just remember: If you’re offering a gift, it’s up to you to decide who gets it.

And if you’re requesting a gift… well, be patient. Your turn will come eventually, but if you’re not careful your name could end up on a ‘will not give to’ list. You may want to try making an OFFER to the list, just to see how the process works. Look in your closet or in that box you haven’t unpacked since you moved in two years ago. Prime stuff for Freecycle!

Above all – keep on keeping “stuff” out of the trash!

Save Some Green While Going Green

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What could be better than helping out the environment?  Why, saving some money while you are helping out the environment, of course!

Of course, most everyone wants to lower their carbon footprint and help the environment be healthier but if you can save money doing it, then you have the best of both worlds.  Luckily, there are many ways to go green and save some green at the same time.  Here are 5 things you can do that will help boost your bank account and the environment:

  1. Buy Second Hand – most people don’t think of buying second hand stuff as being environmentally consciences but when you buy something second hand it helps to keep that item from ending up in a landfill.  Not only that but buying second hand can save you a bundle!  Plus buying something used doesn’t mean you have to settle for something that is broken or damaged – there are plenty of brand new items waiting for you to pick them up.  Great places to shop for second hand goods include eBay, Craigslist, yard sales, flea markets and Consignment stores. Even designers buy second hand and may just have it reupholstered in a smart print. Also check a site called Free Cycle.org On this site you can get whatever you need for Free you just have to pick it up. i once saw a Gazabo on this site for free.
  2. Energy Efficient Lighting – Swapping your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting might cost a bit at first, but it can save you a bundle in the long run in energy costs.  In fact, fluorescent lights use 1/3 the energy that incandescent do and, since lighting is typically one of the largest energy uses in any home, this could save you 25% or more on your bill.  Not only that but compact fluorescent lights last 10 times longer so you won’t have to buy them nearly as often.  Want even more savings?  Then seek out the new LED lighting – they are more efficient and the lighting itself is much better than the fluorescent bulbs..
  3. Save On Paper Towels – If you’re anything like me, you probably use a ton of paper towels in the kitchen.  They’re great for wiping up spills, drying off  your hands and putting food on but what do you think happens with them once you are don?  Right – they end up in the landfill!  You can reduce your costs for paper towels and lighten the load on the landfills by using cloth kitchen towels instead.  Invest in a bunch of them and make sure they are handing for wiping up.  You’ll be amazed at how few paper towels you really need! I use the microfiber cloths instead of paper towels they are washable and reusable. I have a stack in the kitchen and bathroom and with my cleaning supplies to be handy I then wash them without fabric softener and hang them out to dry. Microfiber Cloth Multi Colored Microfiber Towels Thumb Lightweight Microfiber Glass Towel 2
  4. Eat More Veggies – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat is better for your health, but did you realize that it’s also better for the environment?  Yes, it’s true, raising cattle takes a huge toll on the environment.  Plus beef costs more than vegetables so why not help your health and the environment by replacing a few of your meaty meals with vegetarian choices?
  5. Conserve Water – There are many options in faucets today that will help you conserve water which, of course help the environment and saves you on your water bill. You can get low flow faucets and smart faucets that will automatically shut off after a certain amount of time or sense when something is under it – turn the water on and then sense when nothing is under it and turn the water off. I read an article on saving water and it said to always use the dishwasher as that takes 15 gals of water while washing dishes by hand takes 30 gals. Well I have a problem there we do not have a dishwasher and we really have no room for one. When I do dishes I use one of two methods. First is to put about 4 inches of soapy water in the sink and wash all the plates and put them in the other sink. Then stop and rinse those and put in the drainer. The same with glasses, cause dishes etc until done. The other method is to use a brush with a well for dish washing liquid in it and just a little water to clean the dishes and then rinse. Both work quite well. The other suggestion was to not use the disposal since it requires a lot of water but to compost vegetable peelings etc.  Just keep in mind you need to put cut up news paper between layers of compost to avoid over production of methane gases.
  6. Emeril Lagasse once said to tell your Thanksgiving guest that you were starting a new tradition composting scraps and providing a large platter for them to use for that purpose. Hello Emeril our grandparents and great grandparents always composted as a habit to keep the environment clean. I remember my grandmother composting the watermelon peals and seeds after a family reunion. She dug a hole in the asparagus garden and composted them there. The next year she did not have to buy the watermelon it was growing in the asparagus bed. That was ideal since the asparagus is  a spring crop. I also thought it was ironic that there are only two natural sources of Diuretics asparagus and watermelon.  I personally make watermelon pickles also known as candied watermelon rind, so you only have the peels and seeds to compost.

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