Stuffshare: A simple idea in which we all share stuff.
- Punch in your postcode, search the stuff you seek, see what the database brings forth!
- List your stuff to share;
- Seek weird stuff? (I once saw an ad for someone seeking dolls’ baby heads!) Post a request- you never know…
- Leave +ve and -ve feedback about other ‘stuffers’ on an Ebay-style feedback system. This ensures stuff returns and is looked after.
- You break, you fix or replace. Them’s the rules.
Homo economicus is not an evolutionary inevitability. Borrow don’t buy.
What social need does it address?
Wanna halt the repugnant and unsustainable march of consumerism? Or course you do.
So put your stuff where your mouth is (not literally, you’ll be sick)
Why? Because it’s so easy, obvious and and necessary that’s it’s almost laughable this isn’t yet being done.
We want, we buy – but we never ask around. B&Q profits soar on the rising waste from unwanted consumer goods, while community, sane society and real human contact tumbles into oblivion. Meanwhile identical drills sit side-by-side in identical cupboards under identical stairs all along your street.
DIY gear, festival tents, a once used goretex pen, fish kettles… all once seemed essential, now rarely, if ever, used. Yet day by day, we continue handing our money over to corporations for stuff our friends already have gathering dust in their lofts. And we never even think to ask.
This is, of course, insanity. But, happily, you can stop it… just Stuffshare.
What’s new about it?
Not currently happening.
What inspired you?
I was going to a music festival and ‘needed’ the usual list of camping items. I immediately headed off to Blacks and spend £100 I didn’t have on stuff I would only need and use once that year.
I then saw the weather forecast… rain, would you believe. After yomping round Hackney seeking wellies in vain, I called a friend who located a pair in his loft.
Whilst retrieving said items from said stuff-repository, I caught sight of identical versions of everything I had just bought, competing for space and dust among stacks of other similarly rejected products. Being in a particularly financially challenged phase of my life the wasteful insanity just hit me.
I have to admit to a little shame that it was personal poverty not environmentalism per se that motivated the idea… but never mind, whatever works.
Idea submitted by Seth Reynolds