There are loads of creative and fun ways for neighbours to share. From book libraries in disused telephone boxes to swapping shelves on street corners and in bus stops.
Sharing is a simple solution to mass consumption and waste; it is also a great way for people to connect.
Swapping shelves provide a space for people to either take something for free or swap with their own donation, ranging from cafetieres to clothes and toys to tools. You could even create street shelves for sharing plants or surplus garden produce.
How to do it
Talk to your neighbours. Tell them about your idea and put your heads together.
Find some shelves or boxes that you aren't being used and can be placed outdoors in all weathers.
Have a sort out! Locate a few items in your own home that you no longer need that you think others will find valuable.
Ask your neighbours and friends if they can donate items for your Swap Shelves
Once in a while you may need a clear out of the shelves and find a way to preferably re-use or recycle unwanted items.
Is there a disused telephone box near you? Follow this link for ideas of how to buy and transform your disused telephone box: You Can Buy A Telephone Box For £1 and transform it into anything from a library to a defibrillator station.
Whilst you are at it - encourage your neighbours to join the Totnes Share Shed - It’s the world’s first mobile library of things and you can borrow 350+ useful items at a low cost from carpet cleaners and party crockery to camping gear and electric tools.