There are many crafters out there who upcycle and refurbish old furniture, etc. Why not provide a low-rent community retail space where they can showcase and sell their work.
Jul 6, 2017
Create a hub like TrashNothing where all free recycling/reuse organisations are registered and promoted. TN is a Recycling/reuse hub and promotes and supports organisations like Freecycle which is a global organisation #ilovefreegle.org is a free UK wide online forum where members can offer and/or request just about anything so long as it's free and legal. Freegle is a voluntary nonprofit with charitable status and has won many awards for its work in recycling/reuse working with organisations such as #Brighton Waste House and The Eden Project. Freegle had a presence at Glastonbury Festival to get people to use bins and to donate any camping or other equipment, clothes and anything else they didn't want to take home directly to Freegle so we could find new homes for it before it was ruined and sent to landfill. Members can offer anything they no longer need or want and arrange mutually convenient times to pick up. You can even offer broken white and electrical goods someone may be able to fix or use for spares and repair. Then post a wanted or respond to an offer of another washing machine, TV or cooker when they break down offer them up and get another. You never have to buy these things again. Freegle means Free Giving Locally Easily and has over 400 groups several in and around Newcastle. There are currently over 3.5 million members saving over 400 tonnes of perfectly useful stuff from landfill every 31 days. That's a conservative estimate as not all groups register their weights. Freegle is run entirely online by 1,000 dedicated unpaid volunteers who each pay their groups running costs from their own pockets since we have little regular funding. Many Councils refuse to promote organisations like ours because it butts heads with their own recycling/reuse (Subsidised sold at a reduced rate) because everything on Freegle is free. We're often told they can't promote us either because if they promote one they have to promote all recycling/reuse organisations ..Go figure. Freegle is not just for individuals Community and voluntary groups, Charities, Nonprofits, Homeless and other resource centres and many more can register to get the resources they need completely free of charge. Who wouldn't want a piece of that..