A Sharing Economy

Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbours

Freecycle launched in Tucson, Arizona, back in 2003 as a local email list with the simple premise of helping people unload junk they no longer wanted—furniture, clothing, office supplies, you name it—onto nearby people who did. The system came with one rule: Whatever you’re giving up, you can ask for nothing in return. Everything must be free.

Today, the online network of Freecycle communities has nearly 9 million members around the world all collecting hand-me-downs from each other’s doorsteps. These people have gone even further than “collaborative consumption” or a “sharing economy.” They’ve created a massive gifting economy.

Continue reading “Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbours” by Emily Badger at the Atlantic Cities.

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