Younger woman borrowing from her neighbor in sharing community

Participate in a Sharing Community to Save Resources

Think about all of the items you own and everything you have stashed away in closets, in drawers, and on shelves.

How many of these items do you use on a daily basis?

If you’re like most of us, it’s likely that you use at least some of your things very infrequently. Yet, one of your neighbors might be looking to use one of those same things tomorrow, or even later this week. 

How Can a Sharing Community Save Resources?

When neighbors agree to create a sharing community, they decrease the pressure on Earth’s natural resources which are used to fabricate and ship new products.

Think of all of the packaging material used in one single online shipment. Now, multiply that amount by all of your neighbors, and you’ll understand how quickly the piles add up. 

A sharing community makes use of existing resources in an efficient way. Additionally, neighbors save money on purchasing products they would have only used infrequently on their own.

What Sort of Items Would Work for This Arrangement?

The sky is really the limit—anything that gets used infrequently can work for a sharing community. Examples might include:

  • Food processors
  • Pasta makers
  • Bread machines
  • Cake pans
  • Birthday decorations
  • Suitcases
  • Video game systems
  • DVDs or vinyl records
  • Scooters and bicycles
  • And more…

How Can I Create a Sharing Community?

It’s easy. Start by posting a notice on the community bulletin board. You’ll want to create a shared spreadsheet, like a Google Sheet, where everyone can list their items currently on rotation. Make sure that everyone includes their contact information, as well as specific dates when the items will not be available.

What Are the Other Benefits of a Sharing Community?

In addition to helping the environment, you’ll be connecting with your neighbors in a way that you might not have thought was possible in our modern, fast-paced world. You might come away with some new friends. And everyone in a sharing community gets to try something new, which means that it always stays exciting and fun.

Western National Property Management offers a wide variety of gorgeous apartment settings in which to find your own community. Contact us and learn more about our commitment to making our communities amazing places to live.

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