Open Shed allows Australians to rent, all kinds of handy goods – whether they’re household tools, camping gear, electronics or anything in between. The peer-to-peer rental site recently partnered with OzHarvest and launched a donate-to-charity feature enabling people to donate a percentage or all of their rental fee to charity.
Lisa Fox, founder of Open Shed was inspired by Rachel Botsman’s presentation about collaborative consumption at TEDx Sydney in 2010. She investigated the concept further and decided to start Open Shed as her own personal contribution to reducing waste and excess, and promoting a positive message about consumerism and consumption.
An owner lists an item, its availability and sets a price; a renter sends a request and provides the funds which are held; at pick up a code triggers payment and after return both parties leave feedback.
Open Shed take a small percentage of each successful rental transaction to cover costs associated with building, running and maintaining the site.
Open Shed matches people with a ‘need’ (e.g. for a tool or equipment) to those with a ‘have’ (tool or equipment owners).
For more info visit openshed.com.au