Sustainability is creating a better lifestyle using the tools you have to provide the necessities. Just because its old to you, its new to me. If I can use it until its of no use anymore I just saved the world from the impact of recycling a perfectly usable item.
No item should be recycled if it has a use, a re-use or a way to re-direct or re-purpose it.
ONE LESS MANUFACTURED ITEM IS MADE WHEN YOU PRACTICE SUSTAINABILITY.
NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON YOU REQUEST AN ITEM FOR OR GIVE AWAY FOR FREE MEANS YOU HAVE DONE A GOOD THING.
THE ADDED BONUS IS YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO HUG A TREE TO DO IT..
I’m Kelly and I live a sustainability lifestyle and that’s why I want you to understand that freecycling isn’t about the reason it’s about the positive impact. There is no bad reason to freecycle.
Re-selling, re-purposing, re-directing or even profiting from items that have already been used is positive. Is it rational to have to contribute to a tax base that makes you pay to dispose of items that can often be re-directed from both impacting the landfill as well as actual recycling impact?
I have been a facilitator with Full Circles Ottawa for almost 5 years. I own Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market. I admin on FREECYCLE Ottawa from behind the scenes and I teach everyone I meet how to live better without money.
I have been called everything from a beggar to a leach. I have been accused of being a dreaded reseller. Of profiting from donations, of cheating charity, of greed. To date no one has used the system as extensively as I have and I have proven that all of these accusations are ridiculous because I am one of the people unafraid to sell free.
I see nothing wrong with using what you call refuse to make my life better. I look forward to your trash and I ask when I truly need something and offer when I have unused items. I will drag home stuff to give away so that it won’t be wasted. That is called sustainability.
If you start a business, from the world of free comes opportunity. Why create debt when you can freecycle everything from a computer to a desk chair and the plastic you need to put the chair on.
Why pay a city to recycle what they get paid to sell after they charge you a processing fee? Why upgrade when you can use a device until it dies? Why purchase cheap products when there are better manufactured products that are more efficient and last longer? Why throw out good food just because you don’t like it or won’t eat it? Why purchase from dollar stores when you can find much of what you need on the side of the road?
Why do you spend money? You spend money because that is what society wants you to do. Wouldn’t you rather have all that you need and spend your money on the things that bring you genuine comfort?
From Freecycling my next adventure is to BUY NOTHING…if you think that’s greed, watch what I save the world from over the next few projects…you might be surprised at what you can do to save money, save the planet, no matter the reason, when you buy nothing you save EVERYTHING!
It’s time to look at all that stuff and say NO! I WILL BUY NOTHING! Not when I can get it for the lower cost of free. You just saved the world and no tree hugging was required.
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