“…is a economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership. Often this model is enabled by technology and peer communities.” (Wikipedia)
I recently met with Lisa Fox, founder and co owner of renting website Open Shed and have since listed my own few items.
I am very happy to report that someone I already knew through the kid’s school picked up our fondue set the other day and I am communicating with a lady in my neighbourhood about the size of our stepladder and whether it would fit into her car.
Instead of buying an item that you may only use once you share it with your community.
It basically works on the idea of ‘what’s mine is yours’. Brilliant, when we’re all over-consuming!!
They just launched their new donate-to-charity feature, which means that users can now opt to donate a percentage or their entire rental fee to food rescue organization, OzHarvest. Every dollar raised provides two meals to vulnerable Australians.
More Colaborative consumption sites:
I use ebay, both for our family and for selling unwanted goods for customers. On a global scale Australia is fourth in rank of ebay sales – which is amazing considering the size of our population.
I freecycle regualry, again either our stuff, customers items from our front porch or bigger items from their home directly.
When all my worm farming worms died from an overindulgence of citrus peel, I got a new colony through freecycle by posting a ‘want’ item.
It makes sustainable sense and builds community.
We used Happyhousesitter on various occasions to find someone looking after garden and cat when we are away.
I personally never used AirBnB, but had a browse through their website. What a good read – who doesn’t want to dream about a holiday in a treehouse or check out the accommodations on offer in one’s native neighbourhood
I know the lady who runs Airtime or taskrunners: a website to find some helping hand for odd jobs I can’t (or don’t want to) do yourself.
You can bake and cook up a storm at MamaBake and I have realised that my German community has been doing this for the last 5 years on Mondays after the kid’s German lessons – and a special one each year before Christmas to get all the traditional Christmas cookies out of the way
For the same German language project I gave someone in Syria through fiverr the gig to design a logo and facebook banner for $5!
If this got you interested, here are more. Some also have fantastic Smartphone apps. Check with Playstore or AppStore
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