Most Americans have a ladder, drill and hammer in their basement or garage that gets used only a few times a year. We could save resources—and money—by sharing these occasional-use items with our neighbors.
Share stuff with your neighbors! Photo Courtesy NeighborGoods.
Recently launched in Los Angeles, NeighborGoods is an online community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your neighbors. Borrowing and lending on the site is free, but neighbors can choose to charge others for their services. The site has a reservation calendar, automatic reminders (such as when to return borrowed stuff) and facilitates private messaging between members. NeighborGoods also tracks and shares each member’s transaction history so users can decide whether a neighbor is trustworthy or not. Members can rate each other or even flag another member’s account if something goes wrong. Most of the borrowing hubs are currently located in Southern California, but the site hopes to see borrowing hubs popping up in other areas of the country son.
NeighborGoods has a foot in the past and an eye on the future. It takes us back to a time when it wasn’t so unusual to cross the street and ask a neighbor for a cup of sugar but also helps us focus on the environment and the future of the planet. By borrowing instead of buying new, we can cut back on consumption and the amount of natural resources used to create new products.
Have you used NeighborGoods or a similar sharing site? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment and let me know about your experience.