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Sustainable Sharing

Editor Laura McQuarrie Discusses Her Favorite Charitable Sharing Platforms

— January 23, 2015 — Social Good
For as long as you can remember you've probably been told that sharing is caring -- which is evidenced by these sustainable sharing platforms. Trend Hunter's Laura McQuarrie shares her top picks from food-swapping websites to energy sharing networks.

The Miami Ad School's generous food-sharing platforms ask people to fill up a Ben and Jerry's ice cream container with food scraps to be donated to homeless people. This charitable endeavor is based on the behavior where people leave food on their plates to make room for dessert or ice cream.

Peer-to-peer network Gridmates focuses on sharing leftover energy instead of food. Taking a social feed literally, social meal-sharing initiatives allow brands to buy ad space on Facebook with the proceeds going towards alleviating hunger for African children. Meanwhile a German food-swapping website helps you find edible but unwanted food so it doesn't go to waste. There's probably a lot of fruitcake on these sharing platforms.
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