Thank you for your interest in The Freecycle Network™. Freecycle has been a hot topic in the media and we truly appreciate the attention as it certainly accounts for a large portion of our tremendous growth.
TIPS: Our success depends on your inspiration. So, please try your darnedest in your piece to be clear about what The Freecycle Network is and what it isn't... for example, it is *not* a place to just go get free stuff for nothing. It *is* a place to give or receive what you have and don't need or what you need and don't have -- a free cycle of giving which keeps stuff out of landfills. That perspective makes all the difference and we have seen a huge difference in the attitudes and participation from new members depending on how The Freecycle Network is portrayed in media pieces, which often result in significant membership spikes for local groups. We are only as good as the sum of our parts so we want to attract good parts, right?
FREECYCLE is a trademark-protected term. We offer great and simple instructions on how to use it correctly here: Trademark Tips and Guidelines
We are a big grassroots movement but a tiny little nonprofit organization with a staff of one so defending our trademark takes many hands and hearts.
Quick tips: only use it as an adjective (Freecycle group, etc.) and never as a noun or verb, or morphed into another word (freecycler, freecycling, freecycle the couch, etc. are no-nos).
Thank you for your time and support!