Set up a little free library in your building’s laundry, office break room or other public space.
Hotels keep a stash of umbrellas with the doorman. Keep a few at your own front door or lobby.
What’s left over from last night’s supper can delight a neighbor tonight. Learn more.
Create a Sharing Closet
Let fellow building residents borrow vacuum cleaners, ironing boards and more.
Borrow Things from the Libe
Lend Stuff to Neighbors
Join Nextdoor.com, a new website that links neighbors by zip code, even block by block or by building — and let the borrowing and lending begin.
Donate Stuff to Worthy Causes
Donate Art Supplies, Coats & Food
Start a Free Stuff Box
Repurpose a carton in your building’s laundry, lobby or other public space — let residents ‘take’ and ‘leave’.
Give Food Away
Join a Gift Economy
Free Your Stuff NYC: Queens & Brooklyn, has over 300 members and growing.
Spreading the word about the power to share is how we at WeHateToWaste fulfill our mission: change consumption culture through the prism of Zero Waste. This guide focuses on our hometown of New York City — but everyone, everywhere can get inspired by these ideas. And please share with us what you’re doing in your city.
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Big hearty thanks to the folks who helped create this page: Alexandra Cazeils, Kimberly Cionca Sebesanu, Caitlin Harrington-Smith, Karen Jackson, Lili Guia, Shawn Dorman