A sharing economy is a concept that highlights the ability, and perhaps the preference of people to rent or borrow goods rather than buy and own them. Here are some of our favourite businesses and community groups that are leading the way.
The Newtown Tool Library aims to connect and empower the community through the act of collective ownership and sharing of resources. They believe that “if we collectively own and share tools, there's no need for everybody to spend their hard earned cash to buy their own private tools”, which will in turn reduce consumption. Operating out of the Newtown Community Centre, they house a range of tools and appliances that you can borrow.
Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level. They divert textiles and fabric from landfill and upcycle it into reusable bags that can be borrowed and brought back. Beginning in Australia, the concept soon spread worldwide, currently there are at least 5 operating communities in the Wellington region and over 70 registered communities in New Zealand, you can join one or start your own.
Cucpcycling was the first re-useable “cup-swap system” in New Zealand and “works on a similar principle as Boomerang Bags - a borrow, return, borrow again system”. Developed by Ideal Cup with the vision of moving away from a throw-away culture, Cupcycling has been rolled out across the country and internationally.
Crops swaps are a community led movement world-wide. A “Crop Swap is an event where people meet to share goods” with the idea of ‘give what you can, take what you need’. People can bring crops, preserves, sauces, seeds, crafts and anything that else that may be in surplus in the home. The meets also allow people to connect with their community and share knowledge as well as resources.
Again Again aims to keep takeaway coffee convenient through sharing re-useable cups through the city. Their aim is to “END SINGLE USE WASTE WITH A COMMERCIAL, REUSABLE CUP”. Cafes and coffee drinkers can opt in to be part of the system and through seeing how a sharing systems can work, can hopefully spread it through other actions.