Springwise: Peer-To-Peer ‘Laundromat’ Helps Neighbors Share Their Washing Machines

La Machine du Voisin is a new site that aims to connect owners of washing machines (over 1K already listed!) with those who need one.

Allie Walker
Allie Walker on May 23, 2012. @NYC_Allie

It was only a few weeks ago that we wrote about Share Some Sugar and its service designed to help neighbors share rarely used items, and here we are again with another related spotting. Hailing this time from France, La Machine du Voisin is a new site that aims to connect owners of washing machines with those who need one.

Not everyone owns a washing machine, of course, yet we all need to do laundry. With that premise in mind, La Machine du Voisin is free both for owners of machines and for those in search of one to use. Owners simply add a description of their machine along with their location and key details such as the machine’s capacity and the fee they’d like to charge for using it. Those in need of one, meanwhile, simply enter their city, and the site indicates all those listed within 500 meters of their location along with profiles and reviews of their owners. From there, potential borrowers can sign up to use one on a particular date and time; payments are made directly between renter and owner.

More than 1,000 machines are already listed on La Machine du Voisin, which currently serves numerous regions throughout France. What other items would be suitable for sharing to benefit both owners and renters?


Spotted by: Lamia Aloui

Originally published on Springwise, republished with kind permission.

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Allie works in-house at PSFK as the content curator, researcher, and daily writer. A former analyst for the National Geographic Channel and OWN, all things media and advertising have her heart. When she's not busy researching the latest trends, you can find her running or updating her personal blog, JustAllie. She is also a regular contributor to Advertising Week.