A switch to a sustainable circular economy is urgently needed, because overconsumption and overproduction have a disastrous impact on the climate and the environment. For example, up to 65% of all CO2 emissions originate from production.
Peerby is an online platform where users can borrow things from each other, such as tinker or garden tools, electronics, party and camping equipment, household appliances ... Neighbours who lend each other things, ensure a more sustainable use of the things we all own together: the product itself is used to the maximum, and the user can avoid a new purchase. The platform is very successful: as much as 85% of borrowing requests already find an answer there.
With Peerby Pro we now want to go a step further and also involve producers who rent out products as a service on the supply side of the platform. Whoever needs something places a call, selects the desired offer and simply collects the product from a neighbour who already has it on loan. The product remains the property of the producer, but it travels from user to user.
Peerby Pro was a pilot project in which a relatively small number of producers in Ghent made a number of products available on the platform. At the current scale of 5000 users in Ghent, this model is not yet sufficiently interesting, but we were able to demonstrate the scalability of our model.
Partners UGent, Regenerative Design bvba, Kamer van Koophandel West-Vlaanderen vzw, Peerby BV, Triodos