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One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure

Click to enlargeOodle’s Marketplace has always promoted reusing items.  Today we’ve made the process a lot easier.  Along with our partners Recology and Earth911, Oodle is launching freecycling in our Marketplace on Facebook and Oodle.com.

Freecycling is a movement to help reduce the flow of waste to landfills by encouraging neighbors to give unwanted but reusable household items to each other instead of throwing them away. Our Marketplace now enables neighbors to join together in a local online community called a FreeCircle where they can offer items to each other, search among available items, or request something specific. And with the Marketplace mobile app, you can photograph an item with your phone and offer it to your neighbors in under a minute.

Oodle is partnering with Recology and Earth911 to promote FreeCircles. Earth911 provides an online directory of recycling centers and will promote FreeCircles on its website and to its nationwide network of recycling managers. Recology, which provides recycling services to residential and commercial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and over 80 municipalities in the West, will promote freecycling to its customers and will also help administer more than a dozen local FreeCircles.

Save the WorldOodle is initially launching FreeCircles in 25 cities around the San Francisco Bay Area — including Palo Alto, Burlingame, and Mountain View.  Oodle will expand the program in the future to include other cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. To find and join your local FreeCircle, go to http://facebook.oodle.com/freecircles .  To find out more about FreeCircles, take a tour.

Oodle also introduced tools to help the moderators of existing Freecycle, ReUseIt, FullCircles, Freegle, and other freecycling groups on Yahoo! Groups.  They can now grow their membership using the new “Promote My Group” feature on Marketplace. This functionality publicizes the group’s listings to local Marketplace users, customers of Recology, and users of Earth911’s directory. Promote My Group is free and takes just a few minutes to set up. To find out more about Promote My Group, go to http://blog.oodle.com/promote-my-group .

We hope that you enjoy using FreeCircles. Together we can be creative, resourceful and economical while making a significant positive impact on the environment!

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.

Happy Earth Day!

earth-day.jpgFrom everyone at Oodle, we’d like to wish you a happy Earth Day. If you have been thinking about going green, one of the best places to start is with reuse.

Oodle has some reuse tips:

1. DONATE TO AN ORGANIZATION. Many schools, shelters and artist coalitions are looking for unused items and materials. Thinking local can make a visible difference and many charitable organizations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, which will pick up reuseable items directly from your house. Tips for local giving can be found at http://www.oodle.com/donate/tips/.

2. SELL ONLINE. Online classifieds are a great way to get rid of things you would normally throw away. Think about how much money might be lurking in the recesses of your house or apartment and breathe new life into them. It’s simple to post a listing on Oodle.

3. BARTER OR GIVE AWAY. You may not see it, but others might see the value in your old stuff. Many web sites encourage barter where you make a straight trade of goods, or post to a “free” section of a classifieds site. Freecycle (http://www.freecycle.com) has a great national audience willing take even the strangest things off your hands.

Oodle’s Tips for Reuse in 2008

If you’re like one of the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution to “go green” in 2008, Oodle’s got some tips for you to easily reduce your carbon footprint.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of waste a person creates has nearly doubled in the past few decades, from 2.7 pounds to 4.4 pounds per day. Instead of throwing out your old stuff, reuse it!

A few simple ways to impact the environment (and even make or save some money during the process) include:

1. DONATE YOUR STUFF. Many schools, shelters and artist coalitions are looking for unused items and materials. Thinking local can make a visible difference and many charitable organizations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army will pick up reuseable items directly from your house. Tips for local giving can be found at http://www.oodle.com/donate/tips/. Don’t forget, charitable donations are tax deductible.

2. SELL IT ONLINE. Online classifieds are a great way to get rid of things you would normally throw away. Think about how much money might be lurking in the recesses of your house or apartment and breathe new life into them. It’s simple to post a listing on sites like Oodle or Craigslist.

3. RE-GIFT. Got gifts you didn’t like in 2007? Put them in the closet and you’ll always have a gift handy; or re-sell/trade them online… especially once that pesky return deadline has passed.

Here’s to a greener 2008!

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