A crash course in changing the world.
Here I present a good eco-friendly alternative for trading second hand goods:
2 years ago we decided to quit our jobs in UK and flee back to Spain. The main reason was the threat of an imminent economic crisis. You know, this one which governments did not want to acknowledge until the last minute ;-) En fin.
Well, we were to take with us only those belongings which would fit in our car, leaving behind everything lagged once the car got fully packed.
Moreover, we were supposed to leave the flat in the condition we rented it: unfurnished. Hence, we had lots of stuff to get rid of and too little time.
There are services which do quick house clearances, they would charge extra for disposing of electric appliances, the reason is that these items fall in a special category of waste (they are highly contaminant, specially old fridges). Selling was not an option for us as we did not really have the time for hesitant visitors who ask lots of questions. We donated a lot of garment and took whatever would fit in the trunk to charity shops.
Still we were stuck because of some bulky items. Then we found this lovely web site FREECYCLE, a network which promotes gift economics, where you advertise goods you do not longer need and swiftly you will find someone who would take them. It works better and faster if you add a picture of the item you are offering. Obviously, the person will not charge you for picking the item up.
I am sure most of you have heard and participated of this network because as of March 2010, the membership stands at 7,090,000 across 4,775 gifting groups. For those who want to have more information about the way Freecycle works, please visit: http://www.freecycle.org/
Remember: pets are no longer allowed.
In 2009 some groups of Freecycle UK decided to leave the network and form an independent association called Freegle.
Needless to say that back in Spain we used Freecycle again to get some household items for our home...and they were for free!!
This is how you can save money, helping someone else and both of you help our Mother Earth by keeping stuff away from landfill.
What ideas does it give me for sparking the future of money? Well, for a start, if we want money or mankind to have a future, we have to save the only planet that we have as our home.