menu

Free Mailbox Stickers Signify Goods Residents Are Willing to Lend Neighbors

Free Mailbox Stickers Signify Goods Residents Are Willing to Lend Neighbors
culture

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.”

pumpipumpe-sharing-stickers-2.jpg

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.

Pumpipumpe

[h/t] Springwise

Images by Pumpipumpe

culture
Trending

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile august 26, 2016

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture august 26, 2016

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Work

See All
Design august 26, 2016

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion august 26, 2016

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Ed Bakos

Arts & Culture, Design, Electronics & Gadgets, Future of Light, Future of Light, Sports & Fitness, Technology, Work & Business, Architecure

Syndicated august 26, 2016

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability august 26, 2016

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 24, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising august 26, 2016

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising august 26, 2016

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work august 26, 2016

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Design august 26, 2016

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia august 26, 2016

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising august 26, 2016

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.