Sunday, 29 January 2006


Whilst I was looking for a photo of Taunton for last week's photo meme, I came across The Journal of a Writing Man. John graciously allowed me to use one of his pictures, and I have been popping back to visit him ever since.

A little while ago, he mentioned that he was getting rid of a couple of things via something called Freecycle.

As you know, I am a keen eBayer, and I assumed that Freecycle was something similar.

Well, it is. And it isn't.

The clue's in the name. It's free. You list stuff you want to get rid of; and if anyone wants it, they contact you. You list stuff you're looking for; and if anyone has one to give away, they contact you. There are rules against asking for money for things and for actually asking for items that everyone would like - for example, DVD players - and it is pretty well moderated.

I think it is a brilliant, wonderful idea and I have joined the two groups nearest to me - Liverpool and Wirral. There are adverts for everything from paving stones to vivariums to beds.

If you go to the main Freecycle website, you can drill down to find your local group - they are all over the world and spreading.

I'll be linking to this post from the ethical living section.

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