"Regiving is the practice of giving away one's goods to others.
Regiving differs from straightforward giving in that goods are not acquired specifically for donation. Typically, goods which are surplus to requirements, which have been replaced, an unwanted gift (regifting) or no longer meet the needs of the owner are offered to others for reuse or recycling. Often the motive is explicitly environmental, with regiving fitting in with the reduce, reuse, recycle approach to conserving resources. For others, and especially in its original contexts, the motives are principally charitable.
Regiving differs from reuse in that reuse is usually in the context of no change of ownership. It differs from recycling in that recycling is most often associated with breaking components down and rebuilding into new products." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regiving)
The internet has given new impetus to regiving, and allowed much larger networks to be built at no or minimal cost.
Several regiving networks have organized regiving groups around the world. Networks and directories have been set up by several organizations, whilst the actual business of regiving is carried out in tens of thousands of local groups, some independent and others affiliated or controlled by a wider network.
Most regiving networks depend on forums such as Yahoo Groups as their technology base. Forums are used because they are generally free, extensible, and well understood platforms. Groups can also operate forums independently, so that each group can be run fully by its local moderators without any external involvement, suiting the grassroots nature of regiving.
Example regiving networks
- FreeSharing.org, free global network
- FreeSwapper.org, free global network with user Karma ratings
- FridgeMountain.com, free UK network"
See also Regifting