For everyone who wants to save money or make their life more sustainable, giving away, lending and swapping is becoming increasingly important. The positive potential of these consumption alternatives is manifold, because they not only save money, but also contribute to a more efficient use of available resources and thus to environmental protection. You probably used libraries extensively as a child or during your education. Or maybe you’ve rented a vehicle or borrowed tools for a DIY project from a hardware store. But do you also know where you can quickly borrow a child’s chair when friends visit you with their offspring for the first time or how you can get professional application photos with an empty wallet?
There are many approaches to solving these problems on the internet and in the real world!
1. Giving away: give and take without consideration
To get rid of used things in cities, it is often enough to leave them on the roadside. Many things find a new, happy owner, but you never know if the right person will come by. Barter and gift markets run by waste disposal companies offer a sensible alternative. They can be found in almost every city and you can reach a lot more people in the area with just a few clicks. For example, you can find a large number of free offers on the gift market of the Berlin street cleaning company BSR every day. Outside of the virtual world, free shops are also a good way to pass things on that you no longer need or to come across something you need.
There are some lists of free shops on the Internet , for example on umsonstladen.de . Unfortunately, there is also one or the other file in the file, so do some research before you go to a store. So-called public bookcases are a particularly charming idea to share not only goods, but also spiritual inspiration. They are available, for example, in the form of converted telephone booths into which you can put the books you have read and from which you can take new reading material with you. On Wikipedia you can find a list of bookcases in Germany .
2. Exchange: goods for goods or via an exchange currency
The idea of not selling an item for money, but instead exchanging it for something else, is booming, especially online. Two exchange concepts can be distinguished: goods for goods and goods for exchange currency.
Goods against goods
Some platforms rely on the “goods against goods” model. Almost anything can be exchanged on the pamundo website , from mobile phones to clothing and jewelry. The platforms Exchange your car and zamaro have specialized in exchanging vehicles and clothing. On the platform tausch-dich-fit.de , children can swap toys with each other and learn a lot about the history of the trade with many short videos.
Goods against exchange currency
Many platforms, on the other hand, handle the exchange processes using their own exchange currencies. This increases security and makes the exchange process easier. On platforms such as swap tickets , BALU and swap tickets , you can theoretically offer anything for swap. But there are also topic-based special platforms such as Book2Book for exchanging books and the website Tauschgarten , where you can find and offer everything about gardening.
There are also mixed forms. At BamBali, for example, those willing to exchange goods can trade for goods but also for real money. The swap exchange supports both the exchange of goods and the entry of an optional purchase price.
Knowledge and ability
Not only objects can be traded without money in this way. You can also exchange your own knowledge and skills online to save money or do something good for others. On the platforms swap work and exchange me you can exchange know-how for help with activities in which you are less good.
3. Borrow instead of buy
If you only need an item for a limited time, it is advisable to visit one of the numerous rental and rental platforms on the Internet. The Frents platform, for example, is aimed at private individuals who want to borrow or lend a wide variety of items for free or for a small fee. The Swiss PumpiPumpe initiative is pursuing a different concept . There you will get stickers for your mailbox. You can attach these pictures of drills, ladders, mixers, kites and many other objects to your mailbox, they signal your neighbors what they can borrow from you.
Behind the Lifethek is a professional provider who provides , for example, child car seats , kitchen appliances or leisure items on a daily basis for a fee. The clothing industry pursues a completely different concept . There, fashion victims can regularly buy new fashions for a monthly rent. Parents who want to offer their children a variety of toys, my toy box enables them to rent and swap toys instead of buying them. It is not always necessary to buy everything (new). Unused items rot in the garage or attic and lose their value. Ask yourself if you can’t give them a new purpose and maybe exchange other useful things for it.