Spring is in the air. Unfortunately, while new buds are growing on trees, money is not. If you’re a broke college student like me or just want to save some cash, you may want to think about freecycling as a way to increase your spring wardrobe without depleting your wallet. Emerson College’s environmental organization, Earth Emerson (of which I am a member), held a freecycling event this wednesday, and it was freaking awesome. Freecycling is basically the act of giving away unwanted, but still usable, items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills. Most freecycles revolve around clothes, although books, movies, and other items are always accepted.
I donated to Earth Emerson’s freecycle two sweaters and a tanktop, and I came away from it with two dresses (of course) and a pair of high-waisted shorts. Score? I think so. Freecycling is great because it’s a 100% sustainable form of “shopping.” Furthermore, unlike going to a thrift store, it’s FREE. (So that twenty dollars can stay in your pocket, Macklemore.)
So if you’re strapped for cash or just want to live less wastefully, you can hold your own freecycle event! Freecycles can be as a simple as a small gathering of friends swapping clothes to an entire neighborhood trading appliances, tools, books, and pretty much anything else you can think of. If multiple communities across the country did this on a fairly regular basis, we could seriously decrease the waste in landfills, not to mention get some cute new outfits out of the bargain. The possibilities are endless with freecycling, so get out there and get rid of some crap!