Published in Idea Incubator on October 28, 2011
Recently I sold my first tech startup company (CVSDude) which was in the cloud computing space. Since then I’ve sat back and though how can I combine my two passions for technology and the environment. I first came across the idea of collaborative consumption a few years back and the concept really appealed to me, and I constantly get frustrated with the waste in our society (I live in Australia). So many things are simply thrown out after a few uses without a though about the resources and energy that went into producing that item. Of course energy are resources, as we all know, are fast disappearing and our overuse of both is causing massive damage to our planet. We have to be more efficient in our lives in every aspect, from turning off lights at home, limiting driving our cars, not using plastic shopping bags, but bring your own, and reusing items or things rather than going out and buying it new each time. It was this logic, combined with my passion for technology that lead me to create my new site, freegler.com which allows you to rent your things to your neighbours. Say you need a wheelbarrow for a weekend job, or are going on that anual weekend camping trip – why not rent a wheelbarrow or tent from someone nearby. Why do you need to ‘own’ something your going to use once in a blue moon? Renting not only saves you money, but also reduces the load on our planets natural resources, by preventing the manufacture of a new tent or wheelbarrow. Freegler is open to anyone in the world and we are actively working on the site, taking feedback and comments on how we can improve the experience.