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In a world where consumption is rampant, it is very important that we take care of less waste. Fortunately, the solution is simple: sharing and borrowing. Good for our planet and we can also cut costs and strengthen communities. These tips will help you on your way to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Borrow stuff from others

How often do you buy a product only to find out that you only use it a few times a year? This is where borrowing from others comes into play. Instead of buying something new, consider borrowing it from friends, family or neighbours. For example, do you need garden tools or a drill for a one-off job? Then choose to borrow one from a neighbour or rent one from a hardware store. It is important to think before every purchase whether you really need it or not.

Take advantage of the sharing economy

The sharing economy, perhaps a fairly new concept to you, has been around for centuries. Think of libraries, for example. Today, there are plenty of online platforms and apps that make sharing products easier than ever before. Whether you need a car for a day out or tools for a chore at home, there is probably a platform where you can find it. Some examples include Peerby, where you can borrow stuff from people in your neighbourhood, and SnappCar, a car-sharing platform. By sharing, we not only reduce waste but also strengthen our contacts.

Make use of clothing libraries

An emerging trend of sharing and borrowing are clothing libraries. Just like a regular library, here you can borrow clothes for a special occasion or just to refresh your wardrobe. By borrowing clothes instead of buying them, you not only reduce waste but also save money and space in your closet.

By sharing and borrowing, we can all do our bit to reduce waste. Do you have any other ideas or tips on how to reduce waste? Let us know!

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