Free Your Stuff

We Are Social Media Animals. (And That’s Not A Good Thing.)

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.” ― Aristotle

If this statement was to be made today, most of it would be true except the first line which would read, ‘Man is a social media animal’.

In 2016, 68.3% of internet users were social media users and this figure is expected to grow. There is an exhaustive list of social networking sites and apps available, each serving a different purpose.

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Most people today have lost the touch of community. Unlike the olden days, today we hardly see anyone knocking at their new neighbour’s house to say ‘Hello’. This is due to several reasons such as increased involvement in work life, increased crime rates, etc. Above all a person sees no need to do so because everything their neighbour could provide is available with a click on the internet. Whether it’s a new friend, a tool or a missing ingredient for their meal.

There is an increasing issue of climate change and environmental problems that we simply cannot ignore. If nothing is done to stop this problem from increasing, there will be havoc all over the world no one will be able to solve. Not even the internet.

How would you feel if there was a solution that could improve all the conditions above?

Well the good news is, there is a way. Junk’s Not Dead. Literally. The household waste recycling centres receive 100 tonnes of re-usable items annually. These items can be used exactly as they are or with a few little repairs.

Often people feel that things they no longer need belong in the bin. Seldom do they think that it could be beneficial to someone else. So next time, when you think of throwing away a reusable item, consider uploading it on the Free Your Stuff Birmingham group on Facebook instead. It is a platform where people can give and receive things for free.

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The group aims is to spread awareness of sustainable living by reusing an item to its maximum capacity, while at the same time increasing community bonding by bringing complete strangers together to share useful items.

Connect online. Free Your Stuff. Sharing is Caring!

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