How To Do A January Clear Out, Sustainably
Find people nearby giving away or lending out stuff for free on apps like NextDoor and Streetbank. The Freecycle network has been running since 2003, and the website has 9 million members who collectively save 1000 tonnes a day from landfill by giving their stuff away for free instead of binning it.
BORROW FROM FRIENDS
Across friends and neighbours, you might have everything you need between you, meaning you don't have to buy things that you only need on a one-off or use rarely in the first place! Tap into friend groups or a community network WhatsApp group or Instagram.
BUY AND SELL ONLINE
There’s a whole marketplace of places to buy and sell goods online! Of course, there’s the old classics eBay (make sure you select ‘used’ for condition) and gumtree, and relative newcomers Facebook Marketplace and Preloved.
SHORT TERM RENTING
Can’t find what you want for free? Renting an item for a short period is a cheaper choice and saves you storage space. Lucky residents of Crystal Palace can get free delivery when renting from the Library of Things, which has a new branch launching in Dalston soon!