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Never Own Anything Again: Think Thingloop

When it comes to being both frugal and green, product service systems are where it’s at. While websites like FreeCycle and Craigslist keep things in the consumer stream by letting people resell or trade for free, there are other websites that take it a step further, allowing you to rent or borrow, rather than own. Rentalic is one such example, allowing people to rent things from or to each other. But an even cheaper, easier way to go is lending and borrowing. So the latest website to open up is Thingloop.

Thingloop lets you show people what you own, and see what other people own, and then you can ask to borrow or lend out what you have. In a nutshell, it’s like we all live in one big house and anyone can use anything in that house, with permission. Here’s the big idea:

Thingloop just launched in March, and it is already adding new features to the site to make borrowing or lending to friends and neighbors easier. There’s also the ability to add value to items, and Thingloop shows that people are lending each other $13,228.16 worth of stuff already. You can use the valuation to track how much you’re saving by borrowing, and how much you’re helping other people save by lending them your stuff.

Product service systems are an important step to dematerializing our culture, and leaning more on a handful of quality objects shared amoung one another, rather than everyone owning gads of stuff, much of which is poorly made and much of which is rarely used. Companies like Zipcar or City CarShare are great examples, giving people access to wheels only when they need them and radically reducing the number of cars needing to be manufactured. Bike sharing services work similarly. And of course there’s Netflix, making borrowing movies as easy as imaginably possible so that no one needs to each own an individual copy of Inconvenient Truth or Planet Earth. The idea is even spreading to batteries used in developing countries.

In all, services like Thingloop help us all cut costs and carbon footprints, and we love that.

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12:33PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

interesting ideas thanks

7:03AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Really really good idea! Saves money and space - whilst creating goodwill.

2:05AM PDT on Jul 15, 2010

thanks

2:48PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

Cool!

11:03PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

That's great for in or around larger cities but what about us country folk. Guess I just have to get out and spread the word huh? LOL! All that aside this really is a great idea. I like it a lot!

11:26AM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

Pretty cool!

9:37AM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

This is a very interesting idea! I am going to check out all those sites. My husband and I love to rent items we need only occasionally. I live in a farming community and our neighbors are so amazing about lending their farm equipment to us since we only rent the farm we live on.

Recently my Mac computer died and I need it for a small project. I was thinking it would be much easier to rent a Mac for a couple days, rather than replace the dead one. I think I need to start spreading the word about this to my community!

1:20PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Wow thats interesting.

2:26PM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

Borrowing and lending is a great idea; however, where I live not always an option.

1:39AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

but when i have leant stuff to my neighbours i have gotten it back in better condition!

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