First there was Craig's List, then there was Freecycle, which I've written about in the context of my green technology beat.
Not to oversimplify things, but The Freecycle Network is a social network of roughly 7 million people (across 5,000 communities) who believe seriously in the concept of hand-me-downs. People use the Web-based platform to let others in their local community know about stuff they are trying to get rid of -- whether it is a crib, a bicycle, whatever. The idea is to keep these items from ending up in landfills; Freecycle figures it diverts roughly 750 tons of stuff from landfills every day.
Now, the organization is aiming to encourage more businesses do the same thing through a relationship with Intuit. Under the pact, Freecycle has created a software application based on its Freecycle@Work program, one that ties into the Intuit QuickBase online database and collaboration platform. You don't have to use QuickBase to be a user, though.
The idea is simple: Help businesses encourage regifting and reuse among their employees by creating their own Freecycle account. It also helps businesses find new homes for the stuff THEY are trying to get rid of themselves, anything from unwanted office furniture to certain technologies.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com