One step removed from barter (but getting closer every day), and a hot new trend documented by two new business books in 2010 – “What’s Mine is Yours” and “The Mesh” – the mode for sharing and renting our physical assets is being driven by the economic recession and a wider societal backlash against wasteful and mindless consumption. If you’re ready to jump in, here are some resources for France:
Zilok, the French version. Rent anything from a car to a lawnmower or power drill. A Citroen C1 rents for 40 euros a day.
E-loue Goat rentals for lawn mowing etc.
Ecojouet.fr for toys (4 toys for 6 months at a monthly rate of 15.9 euros)
Supermarmite – Buy and sell home-cooked food in your neighbourhood. They call themselves the first social network for sharing home-cooked meals.
Deways.fr Car sharing platform.
Louerunetudiant Outsource your business needs to a student: market research, telemarketing, design, animation, translation etc.