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Weird and wonderful stuff

Weird and wonderful stuff at Freegle Give and Takes

It's always exciting looking forward to the next Freegle Give and Take - everything from a bath to the Complete Book of Farting. Can you work out what this is on the right?

I've learnt not to panic as it usually works out just fine: there will be enough people to help out, there will be enough stuff dropped off, people will take most of it away again and I do have a means of coping with anything left over. The weather often seems to be OK, but I can't guarantee that – anyway, we're inside at Shap on Saturday – sunshine and showers are forecast.

Recycle week 2016

Recycle week 2016

It's now Recycle Week 2016: from 12-18 September – a good spur to remember to recycle what you can when you've finished using it, if it cannot be repaired, reused or upcycled.

Plastic is an amazingly useful material but we are squandering it on trivial things. There are efforts already looking at Landfill Mining and Reclamation to make use of what we've thrown out before. One eventual ideal for the “circular economy” is that materials such as plastic are constantly in use and only need a little topping up from raw materials.

Eden Library of Things

Can we share the world's resources?
Can we share the world's resources?
Do you think we should set up a Library of Things / Tool Library / Share Shop eg in Penrith?

What's the best way of making best use of our resources? Sharing things so that we each don't need to own one makes sense, both in terms of reducing the number of things that are made and reducing the overall cost for those involved. With shared things, perhaps a better quality and longer lasting item can be bought – and which could be repaired rather than recycled or thrown away when broken.

Give and Take together

At a Give and Take you may get a bath! Hugh's War on Waste is back on BBC1 this Thursday at 9pm, tackling excess packaging and disposable coffee cups. And you might get a glimpse of Banbury Freegle at a Give or Take in March - filmed as an example of a great community waste reduction initiative. The Penrith and Eden District Freegle has been running Give and Take days since 2011 – and there are two more planned for 2016: on 1st October from 10am to 2pm in Shap at the Old Courthouse and on 26th November from 11am until 2pm in Kirkby Stephen at the Masonic Hall.

Bust your glut

Gooseberries for cooking Supermarkets often have the same stuff available all year round, but fruit and veg are in fact very seasonal, as you will know all too well if you grow your own (successfully!). Here are some ideas on making the best of your glut - with some jam jars from Freegle - or passing on your surplus to family, friends or your neighbours on Freegle.

Alston Gala goers enjoy re-use in action with Freegle

Judith-Ann shows her upcycled shopping bag Freegle joined in the fun at Alston Gala last Saturday running a stall to help people hand on unwanted items to others and demonstrate upcycling in practice. At least one hundred visitors dropped by, with many picking up a freebie from donated items, others took away a free sturdy carrier bag and learnt how to make decorations.