Published on July 16th, 2014 | by Sima Sahar Zerehi


ShareFestTO embraces bartering and borrowing over buying

Dayna Boyer lives in a 425 square foot apartment in Toronto’s east end. She wanted a juicer, but was hesitant to give up the tiny amount of counter space she had in her kitchen. She also didn’t want to invest $300 for an appliance she would only use occasionally.

That’s how she got the idea to start a Kitchen Library.

Boyer’s Kitchen Library is one of the 25 organizations taking part in ShareFestTO. The event will bring some of Toronto’s borrowing, renting, trading, swapping and bartering organizations together.

It’s part of a bigger trend, as businesses like AutoShare, Airbnb and others involved in the sharing economy are growing in number.

“People are recognizing that we don’t need stuff to make us happy,” says the Centre for Social Innovation’s Adil Dhalla, one of the event’s co-organizers.

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