13 Feb '13, 1pm

The sharing economy is here to stay

Forbes had a good issue last month on the sharing economy. This is a subject we've covered for years here on TreeHugger due to the sustainability benefits of encouraging access over ownership , but thanks to the successes of Airbnb, Zipcar, TaskRabbit and other services, the concept is going mainstream: The sharing concept has created markets out of things that wouldn’t have been considered monetizable assets before. A few dozen square feet in a driveway can now produce income via Parking Panda . A pooch-friendly room in your house is suddenly a pet penthouse via DogVacay . On Rentoid , an outdoorsy type with a newborn who suddenly notices her camping tent never gets used can rent it out at $10 a day to a city slicker who’d otherwise have to buy one. On SnapGoods , a drill lying fallow in a garage can become a $10-a-day income source from a homeowner who just needs to put ...

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