How many things have you purchased from Amazon this year? Probably a lot if you’re like most people. But, before you go back to that online powerhouse, there’s an alternative you might want to consider — renting.
Renting is at the forefront of the sharing economy and uniquely positioned to assist those who are looking to live a digital nomad lifestyle. If you love Craigslist, Freecycle, and Airbnb, then ECrent will be right up your alley.
Renting is also great option for those who are looking to reduce their environmental footprint. By choosing to rent, you’ll be contributing to many of the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations to transform the world by 2030. Not only do you help your bottom line, you’re helping the environment, too.
A Growing Trend
The rental lifestyle, part of the larger sharing economy, is already catching on among Millennials and others who want to minimize environmental impact and move around to new places without being weighed down by their possessions. The trend is most prevalent in the housing market, with rentals accounting for nearly all of the net new households in the U.S. established between 2010 and 2016 according to the Urban Institute.
Amazon makes it easier than ever to buy something, but ECrent brings much of that same convenience to the rental platform. An app is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. With just a few clicks, you can find the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
And, ECrent offers products that Amazon does not like cars and homes. These are two great examples where renting provides a distinct advantage over buying and allows consumers to completely rethink the way their relationship to goods and services.
With ECrent, users from more than 180 countries can post items for rent online, in addition to creating their own online rental stores. By utilizing the sharing economy that’s become popular thanks to companies Uber and Upwork, ECrent provides the opportunity to reduce individual consumption while making money.
The sharing economy will only continue to grow as more and more people work remotely and have the flexibility to work and live wherever they’d like for any period of time. About 30 percent of the workforce is full-time remote workers, an increase of seven percent since 2012. The number of digital nomads in the world is only going to grow in the coming years.
ECrent is the perfect solution for people who are looking to spend time in a new area. Users can find a place to stay, rent a car to get around and rent furniture and other items for their place from one convenient source. At the end of the stay, it can all be returned and the process can start all over again in the next location.
As part of the sharing economy, ECrent helps connect renters with other like-minded individuals to ensure smooth interactions throughout the rental process. Unlike Amazon, which has thousands of workers packing boxes in massive warehouses, ECrent allows users to know exactly where their items are coming from and establish personal connections in the rental market.
Renters can save money by renting instead of buying, lessening the impact of consumption. Renters who eventually purchase rented items are able to try before buying. Using ECrent, consumers can help battle the problem of overconsumption plaguing the world.
One of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals calls for sustainable consumption and production. This goal entails creating jobs and prosperity without straining natural resources. The rental market is a key player in achieving this goal.
The fewer possessions people own, the less of an environmental footprint they will have. It will also mean that fewer natural resources are being used to produce those items, which ties into UN SDGs like sustainable industrialization and sustainable cities and communities.
Many goods purchased from traditional retailers and even sites like Amazon have shelf lives far longer than consumers have a taste for them, and end up in landfills once someone is done with them. By using ECrent, you can use items for only as long as you need them, then pass them along to someone else.
Take The Next Step
So, before you head to Amazon or another store, consider the options that ECrent can provide for renting. You’ll be saving money, contributing to the sharing economy and helping the environment.
Learn more at us.ecrent.com or by downloading the ECrent app in the App Store or Google Play.
Established in 2013, ECrent is the world’s largest and most extensive global online rental platform. We encourage people to share through renting for a sustainable future. Each month, ECrent receives more than 100 million page views from users in 180+ countries.
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