The old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The modern sustainability movement has a new name for it – “Freecycling” and, not surprisingly, a web site, run by The Freecycle Network™.
A Freecycle program is an ideal, no-cost way to involve employees and even entire communities in sustainability. The concept is simple: gather all your outdated or unwanted office furnishings, home furnishings, decorations, furniture, and pile them with all of your friends’ and neighbors’ junk and then start going through each other’s stuff to find new treasures. All better than just sending your unwanted items to the trash can and landfill.
Since 2003, the Freecycle concept has spread to more than 85 countries, and the network estimates that, as a result, the world is keeping over 500 tons a day out of landfills.
At Dix & Eaton, we’ve started our own program as we reorganize our office space. Led by Ann Webster, D&E’s director of production services, our Freecycle collection includes personal desk accessories, framed art, old plaques, etc. All free to a good home or office.