Global warming, melting polar ice caps, and oceans contaminated with plastic - worldwide consumption and associated environmental pollution are increasing. But what can we do about it? Gunter Pauli, author of the book ‘The Blue Economy’ would say:  "We have to do better and nothing less than that."

How can this be transferred to ‘sharing’?

We think we should utilize already-existing products more extensively than we currently do, and thereby save resources.

However, it is not always easy to find like-minded people with whom we can share products. So today, we want to introduce you to some online platforms where you can lend or borrow products.

1. Kleiderkreisel  - giving your clothes a second life

You can easily get rid of your secondhand clothing or a bad buy, and choose the right garments for you on https://kleiderkreisel.de. Just try it out the next time you sort through your wardrobe, and give your clothes a second chance.

2. Foodsharing - sharing your food

Are you going on an extended trip and is your fridge still full? Or did you forget to go shopping before a public holiday and do you now have an empty fridge?

On https://foodsharing.de/, you can easily find people in your local area who a) want to give away food before it ends up in the garbage, and/or b) are looking for food.

This platform especially helps to save resources with regard to animal products.

3. Repair Café – drinking coffee and repairing electrical appliances

Defective electronic items often only require minor repairs to work again. However, many electrical goods end up in the trash because it has become unfashionable to repair them.

We guarantee that you’ll find a ‘repair café’ near you on https://repaircafe.org/de/. The idea is unbelievably simple. People with repair skills and people with defective appliances come together in repair cafés to fight the ‘throw-away’ mentality. The repair is usually free or only costs a tea or coffee.

4. Literatoo - sharing books with each other

Each of us has books at home that which we have already read. It would be a good idea to share these books with other people.

Literatoo has turned this idea into a reality and offers you the possibility to share books with friends, acquaintances, and neighbors.

5. Spielzeugkiste – sharing is child’s play with this platform

The right toy for every age. That can really cost a lot of money in the long run.

There are 500 different toys for children aged between 0-12 years on Spielzeugkiste. If you want to borrow a new toy, just send back the toys you no longer need and have others sent to you.

6. Kinderado – giving children's things a new home

Children grow incredibly fast and therefore often need new clothes, especially during the early years.

The Kinderado platform makes it easy for you to sell your little-used children's clothing and to buy equally infrequently-used children's clothing from other parents.


All these ideas show that at least parts of our society are now on a good path. It is now up to us to take advantage of these offers and carry them out into the world. We can change the face of the world together.