Cityhop loves the idea of people re-using and recycling! Our cars get re-used by lots of people every day!
The NZ Herald VIVA had a great story on the online movement finding a home for unwanted items and giving them a new purpose in life.
Many years ago, I tried to get the Auckland Regional Council to develop a website on this very topic to discourage people throwing old jam jars and other no longer wanted items into the rubbish stream. It feel on deaf ideas. Each week I take allsorts of things to childcare centres, empty boxes of cornflakes for their pretend shop; coloured paper and crinkly sounding paper for collage table and so on.
Fortunately the private sector has come up with the solution. Freecycle began in 2003 in Tucson, Arizona and is now global. Gotta love the way the internet does this! Its mantra is “changing the world one gift at a time.”
At its core are the principles of sustainability whereby one man’s junk becomes another’s treasure.
The day I looked the Drury Playcentre was looking for paint, someone wanted large cushion covers and plenty of people had things to give away from bags of boys clothing to filing cabinets and much more!