Living in today’s’ ever-connected world has its challenges and opportunities. There are hundreds of advertisers vying for our attention at every moment with ever more customized and sleek advertisements encouraging you to click over and consume. In this disposable age where people are told to keep buying items to achieve status, be happier, healthier and more organized there are people bucking that trend. They are the bartering engine driving the Share Economy. In the spirit of sharing, we thought we’d bring you 5 ways folks are making use of what they have to get more of what they need.
1. Tool Libraries
As the name implies, this is a library of tools! Libraries such as the one in Baltimore’s Station North district simply ask for a donation, a photo id and a signed membership agreement to let neighbors borrow as needed. Need a table saw but don’t want to invest in one and store it after your project’s over? Borrow it from the library! Find one near you, today!
You read it right, leftovers. A new app LeftoverSwap will let you trade your spare ½ pizza for someone else’s extra kung pow chicken. Does that make your tummy rumble or flip-flop?
Not sure how many friends you can get together for a clothing swap? Look no further than the internet! For a membership or rental price retailers like Gwynnie Bee, Thread Tread and Rent the Runway will gladly send you what you’d like and they even do the laundry.
Learn to Be is a 3 year old organization that connects tutors with students. It’s completely web-based and 100% free!
5. Little Free Libraries
What?! Another library? In case you like your book selection on the miniature side, The Little Free Library is just your speed. They’re located on private property and require no membership or card, just open the door, take a book and return when you’re finished!
And remember, Sharing is Caring