After taking an ecological footprint quiz and realizing that it would take 6.4 planets to sustain a world full of me, I recently decided to start working on being more environmentally responsible. And I’m very serious about it. Each week, I’m trying to take one more step towards being a greener person. This week, I became a Freecycler. So what’s freecycling?

The FreecycleNetwork™ is made up of 4,152 groups with 4,026,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.

I joined my local group, and already I’m seeing how great freecycling can be. Not only can you give away your things, you can also get really cool free stuff. Nothing is wasted. Amazing. It’s such a simple idea, but if we all could find ways to reuse what we already have (or at least find other people who want to reuse stuff), we might actually be able to keep our world from being buried under a huge pile of garbage.