Best of Earth911 Podcast: SHÄP’s Jürgen Pretsch on Building a Sustainable Sharing Economy

Best of Earth911 Podcast: SHÄP’s Jürgen Pretsch on Building a Sustainable Sharing Economy

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Jürgen Pretsch is the founding father of SHÄP, a just lately launched rental market that focuses on connecting folks with gadgets to hire in native communities. SHÄP works to scale back pointless purchases and allow sharing with out making a delivery footprint by bringing neighbors together. Reuse and sharing are the perfect methods to attenuate the environmental influence of the merchandise you purchase. But connecting with individuals who need what you may have, particularly folks close to you in order that it isn’t essential to ship one thing hundreds of miles, is troublesome. And in the event you don’t wish to promote one thing as a result of you might use it once more, you might wish to earn some further earnings by renting it to others. SHÄP is out there in Manhattan and can focus this yr on city metropolitan areas the place there’s a greater chance of discovering a match for the merchandise folks wish to hire.

Jürgen Pretsch, founder of SHÄP
Jürgen Pretsch, founding father of SHÄP, a reuse and sharing app, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Secondhand clothes firm Thredup and market analysis agency GlobalData reported in 2021 that the secondhand clothes trade is rising 11 occasions sooner than retail and could possibly be value $84 billion by 2030. That’s simply clothes. But the reuse/rental market has been difficult for corporations, as previous podcast guests on this enterprise have defined. Bringing the transaction all the way down to the native stage, which has labored for tool- and car-sharing startups, for instance, also can dramatically scale back delivery emissions whereas fostering native communities. SHÄP members additionally ship the products they hire to encourage new social connections. That could also be a limiting issue for some who don’t wish to deal with the day-to-day administration of their stuff, however it will possibly additionally forge lasting relationships between members who worth SHÄP as a connector. You can study extra about SHÄP at

This podcast initially aired on September 26, 2022