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Online Classifieds Sites Make It Easy to Repurpose, Reuse — and Share Your Stuff

After watching Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff,” I’ve just learned that while the US is only five percent of the world’s population, we consume 30 percent of the world’s goods. Clearly, America has a bad consumption habit. Unfortunately, the demand for these goods have consequences beyond financial woe. In addition to the US producing more than 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals that pollute our air and water supplies, each American produces something like 4.5 pounds of trash each day — that’s more than twice that of 30 years ago!

By sharing, reusing and giving our stuff away, we can curb the purchase of new items and the disposal of old ones. Following are a few tips for using online classifieds’ sites to make giving, sharing and searching for used stuff as easy as possible:

  1. Give Your Stuff Away: Sites like Freecycle.com and Handmedowns.com allow you to give away your stuff online locally. The new Facebook Marketplace allows you to give things away to friends — as well as the larger Facebook community, which includes charities.
  2. Sell Your Stuff Online: Classifieds sites, such as Oodle.com and AOL Classifieds allow you post an online classified ad for free. On the Facebook Marketplace, you can even sell your stuff and designate the proceeds to one of thousands of charities nationwide.
  3. Find it Used: Online classifieds make it easy to search for items by category — from baby gear to autos. Can’t find what you are looking for? Sign up for email alerts that notify you just as soon as a listing appears — or “Ask For it” on the Facebook Marketplace.

For more information about how you can curb your intake of new items and lessen your trash output, take a look at the thestoryofstuff.com.

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