The mission the FreeStore is to help the University of Alaska, Fairbanks reduce it's ecological footprint by reducing the amount of resources it uses and waste it produces.
About the FreeStore
The FreeStore is an organized transfer station right here in the Office of Sustainability. Why visit the FreeStore?
- Find sweet clothes that make a fashion statement.
- Save money.
- Reduce waste.
- Social justice! Refuse to support the companies that sell products from countries with unethical treatment of factory workers.
- Create less air and water pollution than what would be generated by making a new item or recycling.
- The Really Free Market was started by Lydia Anderson and Michelle Barrlett in 2008 and continues every spring. It serves as a massive, free yard-sale style event as students leave their possessions at the end of the school year, and summer-goers gather to take what they need. The organizers are all volunteers, and the Family Resource Center picks up any items that are not taken.
- Also organized by Anderson and Barrlett is the Winter Warm Up, a similar give-away day intended to provide warm clothing and winter gear for new students who otherwise could not access it. Again, the event is entirely volunteer-driven and very popular.
- The West Farmer's Loop transfer station is the only stable source of free goods, and was the inspiration for a successful blog, Arrogantly Shabby. http://flagrant-vagrants.blogspot.com/