In a sharing economy, individuals share or rent items or spaces instead of owning. The success of Car2Go, The Tool Library, and Airbnb show that this trend is becoming increasingly popular. Save money while engaging in your community! Here are some local BC examples in action:
Shared Office Space
Transfer Station Item Share
Toy & Resource Lending Library
Rod Loan Program
The Seed Library
Little Free Library
Saj Common Kitchen, located in Kelowna BC, is a rentable kitchen equipped with commercial equipment. It's perfect for start-up catering companies, cooking classes or chefs looking to test recipes.
During the summer, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC loans fishing rods, reels, and a tackle box full of gear. The Williams Lake Visitor Centre also loans equipment during winter for ice fishing.
The company Borrow.Save.Share has set up seed libraries throughout British Columbia. Residents are able to have free access to seeds and education on gardening while supporting local food security and regional biodiversity.
Through the non-profit organization, Little Free Library, many neighborhoods throughout the province are setting up small shelved boxes where people are able to leave or take a book for free.
Some transfer stations throughout BC have Reuse Centers where residents can bring or take tools, housewares, sporting goods or other reusable household items. Some transfer stations in the Central and East Kootenay, Peace River, and the Cariboo Regional Districts have these centers.
HiVE offers a shared working space in downtown Vancouver where people can rent a desk in a collective office space and have access to internet, office equipment, and the space to hold business meetings.
Through the Child Care Resource & Referral, families and child care providers are able to borrow toys, activity boxes and equipment including strollers, high chairs, and baby gates.
On the UBC Vancouver campus UmbraCity is currently piloting an umbrella loaning service. Once a member you can visit any kiosk on campus and borrow an umbrella for up to 48 hrs.
HitchPlanet allows users to share rides with others, for both short or long road trips. You simply post the number of seats available in your car and what you're charging for gas.
Vancouver residents can use the site Share Shed to rent out or borrow outdoor recreational equipment. The site caters to water sports and camping equipment.
Website: sajcommonkitchen.com Phone: (250) 864-3491
Website: gofishbc.com Phone: (888) 601-4200
Website: lifecyclesproject.ca Phone: (250) 383-5800
Contact your regional district
Website: hivevancouver.com Phone: (778) 800-1250
Website: umbracity.com Phone: (888) 778-5446