1000 Flowers for the Planet - #158 Share Tools
Sharing tools is a terrific way to avoid the financial outlay for something you may seldom use if you are able to borrow it from a friend or family member, but the gift of sharing with others what you already own is best offered first before expecting people to lend you their tools. Trust and respect are important for this Flower to work properly. Trust that others will look after your tools when they borrow them. Respect the tools you borrow from others and ensure you return them promptly and in better condition than you received them. This will ensure you can borrow them again in the future.
So why am I suggesting that people share tools and how does it benefit the planet? The act of sharing is, in itself, a noble and good thing to do. It improves human relations, teaches kindness and thoughtfulness, respect and consideration – it gives and it receives. Furthermore, utilising one resource among several or many helps reduce the amount of natural resources being used to manufacture tools. It does, however, rely heavily on respect – looking after the tool/s better than if they were your own, being mindful of returning them in a timely fashion, being grateful for the favour, and giving in one’s turn.