I have been leafing through the "World Changing – A User’s Guide for the 21st Century" and found an interesting segment on "stuff". All the stuff we buy and then get rid of – the cycle of consumption from the creation of the product to its eventual disposal in a landfill somewhere. I can honestly say I have never thought about the life cycle of most of the items I have purchased. And when I do think about it, I become a little overwhelmed. So, if I buy a product that is marketed as eco-friendly, how can I be certain that all the ingredients in my little eco-friendly purchase have been grown, test, developed, or created in a fair and responsible environment? And even if it is a responsible purchase, how do I prevent it from ending up in a landfill?
Well, one suggestion I gleamed from the book is to look for a Freecycle group in your area. This is a local, non-profit, grass roots organization of people who are giving or getting stuff for free. That’s right free! Membership is free. All you need to do is find your local Freecycle group. The system relies upon yahoo groups, so if you have login/password you can join pretty easily.
Here are links for Boulder and Denver.
Here is the description I pulled from the Boulder group:
Boulder Freecycle is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away.
Funnily enough, they even have t-shirts made on donated t-shirts, which I thought was very cool. I don’t know what the benefits are of giving your stuff away for free using this type of community over donating to Lupus or some other organization. But it is certainly a better idea than simply tossing the item away.