Freecycle has been a great, and highly popular idea/group. Unfortunately, the way it is run, as an email list via a Yahoo group means it simply isn’t capable of managing the workload placed on the system. Having to scroll through several hundred emails for the one which advertises what I’m looking for is not a marker of a well designed system.
Consequently Bristol Indymedia have launched a similar system called Indycyle this month which allows users to search by item or by postcode, so as to mean that finding what you want isn’t a time consuming and frustrating task…
Recycle Your Unwanted Stuff!
Bristol Indymedia is please to announce the launch of our Indycycle service. Indycycle a website similar to the ideas of Freecycle. Indycycle is a way of people re-cycling things they no longer need to people who may have a user for it. For example if you had an old bike you did not need, rather then throw it out to landfill, why not offer it to somebody else who may need it. Indycycle is a great way of us consuming less resources, stopping things going to landfill and building stronger communities. This system is based on the ideas of the freecycle movement, we don’t aim to replace freecycle, but to use our website to build on the ideas and make it even easier to pass your items on.
All items must be offered for free – no exchanges or cash are allowed. Indycycle allows you to post an item you don’t want (or are looking for) to the site along with a description, photo of the item and your postcode. This means users can search for and see items they may want but also how far they need to travel to pick it up. A Bristol Indymedia volunteer said, “We are really excited about the addition to what Indymedia does, we hope it will further build on the many green projects, campaigns and initiatives in the region. We see this project as a natural evolution of what Indymedia does – trying to connect people using democratic forms of medi