Sharing is one of the very first things we are taught to do as
children, it’s almost the defining difference between being ‘good’ or
seen as selfish. But from the moment we become adults the focus quickly
shifts in modern economies to everyone having their own things and
protecting ‘private property’. Not only does this exclude people with
little money, it leads to a lot of environmentally wasteful
over-consumption as households duplicate often underused items. If we
shared more in modern life it could cut waste and bring us together. Now
a movement is emerging to rediscover the benefits of sharing.
The Share Shed is a library of things in the town of Totnes in the southwest of the UK (also home to the Transition Town network).
People can donate useful items to the library – like ladders, drills,
carpet cleaners, camping, cooking and gardening equipment, and sewing
machines – and others can borrow them for an affordable fee. This
enables locals to borrow items rather than buy them for themselves and
then leave them unused in a shed or cupboard for years. The aim is to
build a more resourceful community, allowing people to connect with each
other and share things they may need just once in a while, helping
people to save money, space and resources.
Read more at How Learning to Share Again Cuts Waste, and Makes more Resilient Communities