Calling all Flattr users

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Any Good To You is free for both personal and business use, and we plan to keep it that way, sadly however, it is not free to run.  Currently the entire cost comes from personal donations from its two founders and a small amount from advertising.

This is where our plea to Flattr users comes in…

Flattr donations may be small but lots of them can and do make a difference, and of course the beauty of Flattr is that flattring us doesn’t even cost you any more than you already intended, but can make a big difference to our sustainability.

So if you are an existing Flattr user and are willing to spare a click for us, you can use the Flattr button on any of our blog posts, on our website or have a look at our Flattr profile .  All clicks are very welcome and greatly appreciated.

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If you are not a Flattr user you can still help us by sharing this post with your friends, family & colleagues,  you could even consider joining Flattr and making a micro donation to us and the many other content providers you use on a daily basis to show you appreciate the work and effort they put into providing the content you enjoy.

What is Flattr?

For our readers who have not heard of Flattr, it is a form of microdonation.  You can go around the Internet ‘Flattring’ content you like without needing to make specific donations through things like paypal etc. to each individual site.

They can probably explain the whole thing better themselves so here is a small video from them.

NOTE: This post IS NOT sponsored by Flattr, and we are not affiliated with them in anyway other than being a user of their service.  The only income we will get from this post is if kind hearted people Flattr our content.

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Call for volunteers. Can you help us?

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Help Wanted?

Last year we found new homes for many things including furniture, home computers, bicycles, gym equipment, tools and even garden plants. All of which would otherwise have gone into landfill or other waste streams.

For 2013 we want to help freecycle even more.  As a small team we are looking for volunteers with a passion for reducing waste who can spare a small amount of time to help us achieve this.

As a not-for-profit site, the rewards we can offer at the moment are definitely more for the heart and soul than the wallet, but you would earn our deepest appreciation and that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping others and the planet.

If you can help we would love you to get in touch, or if know someone who might be willing to, please pass on these details.

We are looking for help with…

In the future we will also be looking for…

Contact information

You can contact us in many ways, the main ones are…

But if you know of others please feel free to use them.

Note: freecycling is not Freecycle

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Freecycling

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Ok, maybe that title is a little confusing. Let me expand.

Freecycle is freecycling but freecycling is not Freecycle.

It can be quite frustrating when it seems that the media industry appears to believe that the two are one in the same thing.  Often talking about the freecycling movement but only directing people to Freecycle.  There are dozens of other useful sites around the globe.  I admit that Freecycle may be one of the better know ones, but could that be because that’s all people normally hear about.

OK I know I may be biased about ours (http://www.anygoodtoyou.com) but there are quite a few others and if you search on sites such as AlternativeTo.net and SimilarSiteSearch.com you can find lots of alternatives, likewise if you look up freecycling on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freecycling you can see that Freecycle is only one such service.

Now obviously we are going to shamelessly plug AnyGoodToYou.com (this is after our blog) but to ensure we are not doing the same thing I am highlighting above, here are a  few of the others sites  (please note we are not endorsing or recommending the following sites,  just showing alternatives exist)

So to sum up and refer back to my original point…

Freecycle is a method of freecycing

freecycling is far more than just Freecycle.

 If you have more sites you would like to share with people, feel free to comment here or why not join our freecycling community over on Google+, we have a section dedicated to freecycling sites.

Consumer Society

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The modern world has changed, no longer do the values of ‘make do and mend’ seem to be the norm.  We have moved into a consumer society, with a throw away culture.

Companies constantly push their latest and greatest product, wanting us to upgrade.

Take the humble television as just one example.  Until only few years ago, lots of people were using TV sets that were a decade or more old.  TV sets hadn’t changed that much since the advent of colour TV in the late 60s and wide screen in the late 90s.

In the last decade however it feels like most electronic equipment is out of date before you have even unpacked it.  A standard widescreen TV purchased in 2002 would have been obsoleted  by the push to upgrade ready for digital, then to HD, later to Full HD, and then to buy a 3D HD TV and now after the Consumer electronics Show in Las Vegas they are starting to promote Ultra HD (4K) TVs.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology (I’m secretly a bit of a geek, well actually not so secretly), but not at the expense of the planet.  I have a HD TV but not because the marketeers won, it was simply that our old TV broke down and it was not longer economical to get it repaired.  I have a smart phone but I have upgrade cycles measured in years and normally dictated by the fact I can no longer use the device for one reason or another.

When you can no longer resist the allure of the new thing from your favourite company what do you do with the old one? It probably hasn’t got much residual value in this fast moving consumer society, but its also not broken and it’s way too good to just throw away.

Why not give it away? Many people are happy to have the last years mobile phones, or are perhaps happy to use an older TV in a bedroom etc.  Students who are just starting out on their own are also often very grateful for such gifts, allowing them to complete their studies with a lower debt burden (I know I was when studying)

This was one of the reasons we started AnyGoodToYou.com , to give people a hassle free way to find new homes for these items, and at the same time reduce waste, reduce impact on natural resources and improve the lives of others along the way.

Please help us spread the word, it’s as simple as sharing this blog post with family, friends & colleagues or post a like to it on your favourite social network and together we can help to build a better world.

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