Thanks for Sharing is the inspiring story of one woman who decides to join the sharing economy, and give up buying stuff. She and her family pledge to share as much as they can over one year, and stop owning things. Instead, they decide to lent, rent and swap. This absorbing read is a beginner’s guide to ‘collaborative consumption’.
For instance, the average lawnmower sits in the shed for most of the year, most people’s cars sit in driveways and the average power tool is only used for 20 minutes in its lifetime. What if we shared them out instead, reducing unnecessary consumerism?
Join Eleanor in her year-long experiment. She pledges to buy as few things as possible, with the aid of various sharing apps. Each chapter introduces a different type of sharing from little things (food, clothes) to bigger things (cars, furniture, the space around us). The book also includes best-recommendations for sharing, to let you have a go too.
I finished the book feeling thoroughly inspired and most importantly, hopeful for the future. Tessa Clarke (co-founder, Olio food-sharing app)
A witty guide to sharing in the 21st century. Eleanor boldly explores the sharing economy initiatives cropping up – she even borrowed a tent!I came away from reading this book, wanting to try more sharing. The clear perks are reducing waste and free pastries! Rebecca Heaps (Tentshare)
A reassuring peak into a more sustainable future. Emma McConalogue (Kesero skill-sharing app)
about the author
Eleanor Tucker is a former features writer for The Guardian and The Observer, who now writes on the sharing economy. Originally from Oxford, she now lives in Scotland.