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Share things, don't buy things

Think of all those things that are collecting dust in your attic, garage, cupboards or bookshelves, under-used and under loved…

Stepladders to tents, halloween costumes to old travel guides: we buy so many things to use just once or twice; to think that your friends and neighbours are scouring through Amazon for identical things, only to be left to the same rarely used fate as yours! It's madness.

Open your Ali Baba's Cave and share those little used treasures with your friends, neighbours and colleagues.

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Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Natural resources

One way or another, everything we buy comes from the earth. But we only have one earth, and its resources are finite. Our current consumption habits are so unsustainable that if everyone were to live like us in the UK we'd need three planets to support us.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that that’s not possible. By lending, loaning and borrowing more of our things, we can readjust the balance and reduce the strain on our limited natural resources.

99%

of what we buy is thrown away within 6 months.1

Climate change

One of those natural resources is fossil fuel. It's used in almost every stage of making things, from extraction of raw materials to transporting the finished goods, releasing tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process.

Building communities and trust

Sharing things is good - isn't that what we tell our kids? Whether it is with your friends, neighbours, or classmates, sharing is a great way of starting conversations and building trust, essentially strengthening your community.

Money

Borrowing instead of buying has obvious financial rewards, but lending and sharing can be equally kind on the wallet when you use one of the many clever person-to-person rental systems that help you earn an income from lending your things.

Global Goals

In September 2017, a historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Start sharing' pledge, you are contributing in your own small way to the following SDG targets:

12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

How

If you're lending or loaning to a friend and you know what they want then it's simple – just hand it over. But if you're branching out a bit wider, then here are a few places that can help you:

Lending Libraries: these are libraries of things - from tents to tools - that are popping up in towns around the world. Find your nearest lending library.

Online communities: StreetBank is a website fostering community engagement and altruism by allowing you to share and borrow within your neighbours. Facebook local groups are also a hive of activity of lending, borrowing, and peer-to-peer trading - it's well worth joining your local area's group and seeing what you can contribute.

Host a Swap Shop: Whether at work, school, or in your local village hall - why not host a regular (seasonal or annual) swap shop. This is more about swapping than sharing, but the two often go hand in hand. Check out these tips on hosting a swap party.

Donate to charity If you no longer need it yourself, pass it on to a charity shop who can sell it on. Search for your local charity shops on the Charity Retail Trust website.

Donate your kids shoes: Sal's Shoes send pre-loved and outgrown children's shoes to barefoot children in communities around the world, and then share with you photos of them being worn by their new owners, smiles and all.

Bikes: Aside from city bike schemes, you can also list your own steed - whether it's a mountain bike or dutch bike - to rent out to neighbours or friends passing through using SpinLister

Success Stories

366

Pledges
in total

22,045kg

CO2
pledged

As well as lending tools and gadgets I also borrowed some. However I am careful about who I lend to as some people are more careful than others.

I will keep on the idea of sharing equipment of all kinds

I became one of those people i so hate, spamming letter boxes down my street with Streetbank flyers. All in the name of the sharing economy; hopefully we'll see more people sharing things in my neighbourhood now. The reminder emails really nudged me to get on and do it.

I have borrowed a mates vehicle from time to time and also shared quite a few tools over recent months both with my Dad and other mates. It's saved me some money and won me some favours!

After the swap shop this was such a fun and easy task!

Need to make a real effort to focus on this - it tends to fall down priority list. Rewarding when you do it though!

Yes fab pledge. Also good to channel used stuff to charity shops, no need to throw anything..!

New neighbors made this an easy task... Lawn mover, drill, ladder and hose pipe lent... Normally lend out tools as well to others nearby.

The reminders were really helpful so thanks for those. I've cleared a lot of clutter as well as meeting lots of new neighbours through Streetbank. Thanks!

I have shared phones, laptops, cameras, tablets and more. I lent a camera and a tablet to my parents who were travelling to China. Without the borrow, they would have bought new.

After buying my first new house (which has solar panels), I have capitalised on family & friends spares rather than buying new items. This has included raiding my dad's tool shed, renovating unwanted furniture from parents and also through buying several second hand pieces including wardrobes and chests of draws.

Shared sport kit amongst friends and easy to do. Def going to share more!

Borrowed a lawnmower & lent a spade :)...we have a facebook group for my street so it is easy to share things.

I didn't need that many tools but those I did I borrowed, these include 2 x clamps 1 x Jet washer 1 x wheelbarrow 1 x Steam cleaner Not bad me thinks

I had a lot of DIY to do over the last 2 months and have borrowed quite a few items from friends instead of buying my own. I'll be continuing to borrow and share items wherever possible.

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