Fighting for freerecyling

Gushing into the New Year

Call me cynical.

As we start the New Year with Christmas receding we all like to think of the nice things. Sadly Christmas (or Xmas) or whatever you think of this time of year is a time when people spend, spend, spend. Buy, Buy, buy. People buy presents, many of which are sadly unwanted, many of which clutter up our homes. How many of you can remember having been more interested in the cardboard boxes than the contents? Christmas is a time for giving, which companies translate into people spending money at a rate of knots. Credit card companies see this as a bounty time of year when cards are maxed out. And when the dust settles we all start freecycling to help git rid of unwanted presents, hopefully to more loving homes.

Amongst all this freecycling many people – hopefully – find local freecycle groups for the first time. Journalists looking for a happy-go-lucky story expend valuable column miles on freecycling stories. Oh how wonderful. Take this one as just one of hundreds of examples so easy to find.

Don’t get me wrong, like the person next to me freecycling helps us all think hard about our capitalist ways. It allows people to make our festive season a cheaper experience, to find more rewarding homes for unwanted presents. But surely there must be something more meaningful about Christmas than restating mantras such as one man’s is another man’s treasure. Like the many food excesses, such epithets just make me want to vomit.


January 1, 2008 - Posted by | freecycle


  1. Bah humbug!!!


    Comment by Martin Pike | January 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ok, Andy…. “you’re cynical”… Now are you satisfied? 🙂

    Happy New Year
    Eric – Ottawa, Canada

    Comment by Eric Snyder | January 10, 2008 | Reply

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