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Freecycle: The Shopping Trend That Doesn’t Wreck the Planet

During the pandemic, people flocked to a network where they can swap stuff instead of buying new things or trashing them

Carpenter polishing a restored table
Photographer: FilippoBacci/iStockphoto

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Living next door to one of London’s biggest shopping malls, I used to frequently pop into H&M or Flying Tiger and buy something cheap. It was retail therapy that used up unnecessary planetary resources.