1. Minimizes manufacturing costs
2. Minimizes distribution costs
3. It lessens the need for consumption
4. It brings awareness to green strategies
Phi Beta Iota: All true. What is not addressed is the “true cost” of the sharing economy, where worked (drivers of cars for example) get no benefits and no compensation for the time getting to the pick up point and from the drop off point, with the result that they are making half of minimum wage. There is a great deal of good in the sharing economy, but we need two additional thrusts: consumer education so we stop making things that take up too much water and fuel, exude toxins, and employ children at 50 cents a day or worse; and consumer education so human valuation rises above minimum wage in principle.