I joined the Singapore Freecycle Network a few months back. It’s basically a community that aims to connect people with things to give away, with people who want those things. It’s been fun (and heartening) to read the regular mailers describing things that people are giving away.
Anyhow, Athos has Show and Tell next week and he’s decided to bring the froglets to school. Rather than spend money on something I only needed temporarily, I thought I’d see if the Freecycle Network would have anything to offer. So here is the request I put up:
From: [pilgrim mom]
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 15:11:25 +0000
Subject: [SgFreecycle] WANTED: Plastic aquarium
My kid needs to bring some tadpoles to school for Show and Tell next
week! If you have a lightweight aquarium to give away, please contact
In less than 24 hours, I got an email from F, a mother of three, who had one to give away (aquarium that is, not child….) We arranged to meet, and the Pilgrim family is now the proud owner of a lovely functional plastic aquarium!
Freecycling has got to be one of the most useful social innovations in recent times, especially given the almost apocalyptic condition of the world’s natural resources. If you haven’t joined yet, I heartily recommend it. Click here to join the Singapore Freecycle Network.