Sharing Resources, Saving Money

The shared economy. It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean in your daily life?

At WindSong, we lend and share many things. When I went to a friend’s wedding, I borrowed nice shoes from one neighbor and a scarf and jewellery from another. At WindSong, you don’t need camping equipment. Or ski pants. Or a mini muffin tin. These are easy to borrow from your neighbours or the common kitchen.

We own one lawnmower for the whole community. I split large Costco items with my neighbours: avocadoes, cheese, yogurt, peaches. You can borrow a car to take kids to school, pick up groceries or drive someone to the airport. I share an upright freezer with my girlfriend.

Our ever popular “free table” in our main square is full of clothing, books, toys, kitchenware, storage boxes, art, and unique gifts. One of my neighbours told me that he gets his family Christmas gifts from the free table! I share one of the many vegetable garden plots in our large backyard, and I get great advice from experienced gardeners. Young families share childcare. Seniors share laughs in a weekly group.

Using fewer resources is good for all of us.

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