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Friday, November 11, 2005
Green Lifestyle

Recycle on Freecycle

Waste not, want not. Perhaps your neighbour could use that old computer or sports equipment you are putting out for garbage pick up. Post it on freecycle.org, and prove - what goes around, comes around.

The founder of the Freecycle Network, Devon Beal, has changed the voice of one, to the voice of almost 1,800,000 people! In May 2003, he created a simple email subscription list posing a few items he wanted to give away. His idea was that someone could use this stuff rather than adding to the landfills.

Beal began Freecyle in his area (Tuczon, Arizona). It quickly bloomed locally and requests came for expansion to other nearby cities. Today, Freecycle members range across the globe (except Antarctica). The largest group in the world is in Portland, Oregon with a whopping 20,166 members! That’s about 3% of the whole city!

As quoted by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”