It’s a big idea, but one that’s worth it!
Akron, Ohio (PRWEB) October 25, 2011
The reGives Network is a growing community of people around the planet interested in saving stuff that still has legitimate use from ending up in landfills. They do this by offering it for free at the free online service The reGives Network and they are connected with people within their community who still have a use for the item. Within just weeks of the launch, thousands of people have flooded the online service offering free items ranging from appliances, furniture, household items, baby clothes and more.
Drew Auman, a veteran web developer in northeast Ohio, has spent the last 2 years building what he calls the reGives Network in an effort to give people throughout the country and even throughout the world a simple and safe avenue to give and get unwanted items for free in their community that otherwise would have ended in the landfill. Through some of the built in features like local moderators and a member feedback exchange, Auman believes the system will provide a simpler and safer way to give and get free stuff over existing sites like Craigslist. Auman says “You get to choose the person you want to give the item away to, based on their online profile and prior feedback, and it can be as simple as leaving it on your front step for them to come pick up”.
Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of "trash", about 4.6 pounds per person every single day. Less than one-quarter of it is recycled; the rest is burnt or buried in landfills. These landfills across the nation are filling up at an alarming rate leaving behind a dark legacy for our children to deal with that is afflicted with potentially severe environmental, economic, and public health problems. With a little forethought, the nation could reuse or recycle more than 70 percent of the land filled waste, which includes millions of items that could have been reused.
Auman says “It’s about reducing landfill waste and helping the environment, but it’s also about giving a second life to an item and for someone who very much needs the help within their local community”. With the power of social media at his back like Facebook and Twitter, the reGives Network has already experienced enormous growth in over 150 communities throughout the United States in just a few weeks.
In such desperate economics times that many people find themselves in today coupled with the increased pressure to preserve our environment, the reGives Network is experiencing a perfect storm of people who are interested in going green and those who have fallen on hard times. The reGives Network has been a much welcomed service to the community and Auman has big aspirations to take the reGives movement all across the United States and then worldwide. Auman says “It’s a big idea, but one that’s worth it”.
About The reGives Network
The reGives Network is a not for profit free service based out of Northeast Ohio and serves the public by providing a social media service and web site to connect people who have something they no longer need with someone else in their community who could still use the item. This is done in an effort to reduce landfill waste and to enrich lives in local communities through out the world.