What’s the first thing that crosses your mind when you hear about recycling? Probably discarded, non-biodegradable plastic/paper/glass based products that must be processed into new commodities to keep our environment clean and green. In addition to recycling are two more practices that play an equally important role in resource preservation. They are Reusing and Reducing.
Reusing is when products that are no more worthy of their intended purpose, are converted and reused as something different. For example, we can reuse empty wine bottles to create beautiful lamps or vases.
Reducing is realizing that less is indeed more and keeping resource wastage in check. This is especially applicable to the use of plastics and disposable batteries.
To this day, recycling, reusing and reducing remain the surest ways to ensure both the safety of our resources reducing the carbon footprint on the planet. The tendency to recycle and reuse has always been prevalent in rural areas owing to fewer resources. But the encouraging aspect is that recycling is gaining much popularity as a necessary practice among the urban population.
What is Free Cycling?
As the name suggests, FREE-CYCLING is a form of reusing wherein people share products that are in top-notch condition with someone intending to buy the same. These products include, but aren’t limited to, clothes, books, toys, gadgets, and furniture.
This also takes care of one fundamental human tendency i.e., hoarding! Coz truth be told, de-cluttering is a task most of us find strenuous at the very least, if not impossible. Through this practice, we will not only find further use for our perfectly good but purposeless objects but also keep our homes clutter free! And this good deed of sharing through free-cycling could give you a happy feeling and a good De-stress mantra.
How does it work?
Free-cycling is built on the reality that, more often than not, we end up discarding perfectly good items because of the following reasons:
- Clothes: don’t fit anymore (especially in the case of small children), outgrown school uniforms.
- Books: moving home or towns and don’t want to carry the load! Or now that you have bought a kindle, there’s just no point maintaining a library anymore (this is specifically my case:)).
- Toys: children have outgrown the current set of toys or bored with them!
- Furniture: similar to books, sometimes we just don’t want to drag stuff along when we move.
- Eatables: For example sometimes we get 4-5 cakes on our bdays from different friends and family members.So why to load yourself up with calories.Let’s share with neighbors or with the kids in the garden.
The aim of the Free-Cycling group is to locate and get in touch with people who need just the thing that we have no use for anymore, and offer to pass on such items at no charge. The people in need could be friends, family or complete strangers. They just need to be on board!
We must keep in mind the following couple of points before we free-cycle any item.
Whether one is the donor or the recipient, it is of foremost importance to make sure that the forwarded goods are in a pristine state. Tattered, shabby or non-functional items are a big no-no! For quality assurance and zero confusion, we must share pictures of the goods being shared while putting up an offer.
Okay, so you have finalized the sharing, everybody’s happy…but wait, who will pay the delivery charges? You guessed it…it is the recipient. You may choose to pay the delivery charges if you are sharing with an unprivileged individual. But among friends and family, etiquette suggests that the recipient take care of overheads.
Slowly but surely, this reuse technique is gaining stronger footholds in our society. More and more people are waking up to the dangers of wastefulness and aiming to do their bit to control it. As with most things in life, the success of this practice will ultimately depend on the people who adopt and improve upon it.
One important thing to remember is to not feel embarrassed yourself nor to shame or troll anyone who adopts free-cycling. The aim is to create a healthy and supportive environment for each other.
Here’s to hoping that Recycling, Reusing, Reducing and now FREE-CYCLING become a part of our lifestyle and what we leave for our future generations will be a cleaner, greener, and the brighter world!
Please let us know in the comments if you liked the idea of free-cycling and would like to participate in the same. Remember…waste not, want not!
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