Here’s a really simple example of freecycing in practice from the FREEcycle Ottawa Facebook page:
OFFER: 30+ moving boxes, various shapes and sizes. Must go by Wednesday!
30+ moving boxes… a simple transaction completed in 2 days.
- 30+ boxes got one more use instead of ending up in the black box paper recycling.
- Gisele Riendeau is a happy camper. She got the boxes. Probably saved some $$$.
- Jess Marlow got the satisfaction of saving a fairly large quantity of cardboard from the black box.
But, nowhere in our community or national measurement systems does any of this count. It ain’t GDP, but it is “waste reduction”. Yet it seems obvious and intuitive that a community that practices freecycing and re-use is a better community. How do we raise awareness levels when our actions don’t even register on our measurement systems. What does the economist say about this? Is it a valid concern that freecycling doesn’t “count”
Seems very useful to reflect on this as Waste Reduction Week 2013, Oct 21-27th approaches.
Eric “Gub” Snyder