More and more people are opting to share or rent their possessions and properties using digital platforms.
Airbnb allows homeowners to list their properties for rent when they aren’t being used so they don’t go to waste when the owner isn't using them.
This has become particularly popular with vacation homes; sharing these properties cuts down on the number of new vacation homes that need to be built.
Workplaces are sharing office space, as well. Many companies now use digital “hoteling” tools that allow employees to reserve an office when they need one, letting the company lease fewer floors, which allows the same building footprint to serve more tenants. This also saves on power because one less floor needs to be heated, cooled, and cleaned. Furthermore, many companies are using digital meeting tools like Zoom and collaboration tools like Slack which enable employees to work from home, further reducing the need for office space.
Ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft allow people to request a ride from their mobile device and get where they need to go without owning a vehicle. Fewer cars on the road equals less harmful pollution, and more sharing means we may be able to manufacture less cars, saving energy and materials.
In fact, there are sharing platforms today for just about everything, from swimming pools to tools and home cooked meals.