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The Penrith Freegle Bookcase

Submitted by chris on Wed, 30/11/2016 - 10:31

Sam Cooper at the Penrith Freegle bookcase

Meet the Freegle bookcase! This is inside the Penrith Devonshire Arcade near the library entrance. Please put any small things there that you don't need for anyone to take eg books, DVDs or small toys. The bookcase is also a drop-off point for items promised to other Freeglers.

Local Freegler Helen Cooper says, "LOVE our Freegle bookcase - we have found it really handy to be able to pass on usable items using the bookcase and we have also managed to pick up a couple of books and tractor magazines for our little boy - which will be recycled back to the bookcase once finished 😁. It is a fantastic idea 😁 😁

Homemade Christmas baubles

Submitted by chris on Tue, 22/11/2016 - 11:24

How to make some Christmas tree baubles

Making your own Christmas decorations is fun and cheap - and a great way for the kids to help out. You can make paper chains and loads of things to go on the tree - and home made cards. And nearer the time you can make home made wrapping for presents and even bake a present!

Freegle moderator Elaine is a dab hand at making things. Follow Elaine's instructions to make some splendid airy baubles to hang on a Christmas tree. All you'll need is some balloons, PVA glue and some absorbent string, yarn or raffia.

help Freegle in an eBay competition

Submitted by chris on Tue, 11/10/2016 - 17:00

Vote for Freegle now!

Freegle is in the running to win a competition being run by eBay to find their members favourite charity.

You don't have to make a donation or buy or sell you just have to click on a button and make Freegle a favourite charity in eBay and Freegle could win as much as £7000. Money that would help Freegle with its running costs. Remember Freegle is free to use, but not to run. Freegle survives on donations and opportunities like this.

Please go here to vote.

Weird and wonderful stuff

Submitted by chris on Thu, 29/09/2016 - 18:00
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

Submitted by chris on Mon, 12/09/2016 - 13:16
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

Submitted by chris on Tue, 30/08/2016 - 10:10

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

Submitted by chris on Tue, 26/07/2016 - 14:26
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

Submitted by chris on Fri, 22/07/2016 - 20:42
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.