Sharing economy goes analog in Germany and Switzerland

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.”

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