Free Mailbox Stickers Signify Goods Residents Are Willing to Lend Neighbors

Free Mailbox Stickers Signify Goods Residents Are Willing to Lend Neighbors

Sharing economy goes analog in Germany and Switzerland

Ross Brooks
  • 27 august 2014

Apart from new friends and a stronger link to the community, getting to know your neighbors can also mean a useful pool of resources should you ever find yourself lacking. To encourage more interaction and sharing, a Switzerland-based project called Pumpipumpe is offering people free stickers for their mailbox that show which household goods they’re willing to lend to neighbors. For a small charge of 4 Euros, International residents can get in on the action as well.

What started as a way for residents to tell fellow cyclists they had a bike pump they were willing to share, has since expanded to all sorts of items. There are stickers available for items that include a rice cooker, garden bench, tent, saw, and even an inflatable raft. As it says on their website, “In every household there are tools, kitchen appliances, products for leisure and entertainment, etc., which you rarely need and would like to rent a nice fellow once.”


The point of the project is to get people away from their smartphones and more involved with the community – plus the only way to see the stickers if you’re paying attention to your surroundings and willing to interact with other face-to-face. That being said, the team are also working on an interactive map that shows all the neighborhoods involved. Our advice would be to check the map before you head out, then leave your phone at home while you go in search of the item you need.

If you do decide to make use of the stickers, just remember that trust is another important part of the equation. That means trusting that other people will bring back the thing they borrowed, and making sure you aren’t taking of advantage of the system just to get hold of some new toys. Without that, it doesn’t work, and believe it or not, most people will do the right thing if given the chance.

The project is being supported by Swiss institutions and German partner LifeThek, which is why it’s free in Germany and Switzerland – but fear not, international residence can also get some stickers by paying the 4 Euro postage fee.


[h/t] Springwise

Images by Pumpipumpe


Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Technology Yesterday

Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Retail Yesterday

LYNK & CO Is A New Auto Brand That Promises Mobile Connectivity On Wheels

Online access and mobility sharing are driving the company to disrupt the auto industry

Related Expert

Iain Tait

Digital Advertising

Travel Yesterday

Become A Citizen Of The First Nation In Space

Asgardia is a new concept for a floating society above Earth

Entertainment Yesterday

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database

AI Yesterday

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs Yesterday

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

Millennials Yesterday

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out

Food Yesterday

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising Yesterday

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Retail Yesterday

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children Yesterday

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants Yesterday

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

Technology Yesterday

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide

Technology Yesterday

Wearable Device And Lamp Recreate Beautiful Sunsets In Your Home

Sun Memories can record up to six hours of natural light and reproduce it via a connected light at a later date

No search results found.