There's never been a better time for freecyclers, who share and receive an infinite array of goods with others, all for free. The launch of a new site, EcoBees.com, in March brings with it even more options for the concept, which helps keep stuff out of landfills and decreases the need to go shopping. This is one more sign the freecycle movement is growing.
EcoBees claims to be "saving the planet one item at a time," and it provides a forum for people to reduce waste. The Website operates under the age-old cliche that one man's trash is another's treasure.
Craigslist has been around for years as a way for people to declutter their lives, and make a little money while they're at it. Sites like Freecycle.org eventually followed, specializing in unwanted items people happily give away without charge. Now, there's EcoBees, similar to Freecycle, but with a some user-friendly tweaks.
Austen Jones, co-founder of the site, told The Daily Green that they did not want to replace already existing sites like Freecycle, but rather they wanted to supplement them.
"People will have greater choice and more avenues via which they can source items for free and distribute unwanted items to like-minded others," said Jones.
One of the most notable changes is the addition of pictures. EcoBees allows users to post pictures of items, which anyone on a product-hunt knows is the best way to advertise. In the online world, a picture may be worth even more than a thousand words.
Another interesting twist is the EcoBees map, which allows users to see where ads are in relation to their addresses. Unlike other sites, users don't need to join groups. Instead, they specify the distance they're willing to travel, and the site sorts through ads within that distance. And for privacy's sake, exact addresses and names are left off the map.
The site's masterminds both live in the United Kingdom, but they hope the EcoBees movement will spread without boundary. Right now, Jones noted, they have targeted English-speaking countries. But EcoBees has already exceeded Jones's expectations, he said. In just four weeks, the founder noted their visitors had increased tenfold.
There will be more to come, according to Jones. The company's plan includes releasing a translated version of the site to reach a non-English-speaking audience in just three months' time.
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