Renting pre-owned goods: The future of consumption?

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The Little Man Coffee Company

Bridge Street

Cardiff

CF10 2EE

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The event will provide a platform for the people to come together to share their experiences and vision for the future of sharing economy

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Will we be soon renting our next baby buggy, toys, Lego set, tent, skiing equipment, clothes, lawnmower rather than buying our goods brand-new? Issues of waste, recycling and landfills have caught the attention of the public in the last few years and it has highlighted how each one of us plays a role in this problem. As consumers, we can do our share by starting to reflect on how we consume. In this event we want to encourage people to think about their consumption patterns: how many times have they bought brand new products instead of renting or buying pre-owned products?

Sharing economy has gained recent attention as alternative ways to consumption over buying brand new goods. Whilst the idea of reusing and sharing goods is not new, internet based platforms have made it considerably easier to facilitate the sharing of goods. Buying, selling and renting pre-owned goods is becoming more socially acceptable as an alternative form of exchange and marketplace to the traditional ownership of goods. However, the stigma of using and owning pre-used goods may remain and still drive decisions. Meanwhile, there is some evidence that for an emerging new generation of consumers, ownership of goods has become less central to identities. Could sharing platforms be the future of consumption?

The event will provide a platform for the public, business owners and researchers to come together to share their experiences and vision for the future of the sharing economy. The event organisers will be sharing results from their latest research on motivations and barriers for buying and renting pre-owned goods, funded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant. In addition, small start-up companies (baby equipment, tools and toy rental companies) who were motivated to build their businesses to address the issues of overconsumption and excessive waste will share their vision and experiences.

The event will feature an interactive panel discussion with platform owners, academic researchers and the audience to serve as a catalyst to assist participants in reflecting upon their own consumption patterns leading to a debate and discuss to what extent renting could be the future of consumption.

Confirmed Sharing Economy Platform Speakers include:

Ms Emma Gillespie, founder/owner of ‘Belles and Babes: Maternity and Baby clothing hire’, an organic baby clothing and maternity capsule wardrobe online rental company based in Bristol (www.bellesandbabes.co.uk)

Mr Sudeep Kumar, Marketing and Sales Executive from BuildUrBricks, an online LEGO rental company in Brentwood, Essex (www.buildurbricks.co.uk)

Ms Cerys Jones, from BENTHYG Borrow Don’t Buy, Wales’ first library of things based at the Old Library, Rumney, Cardiff (www.benthyg.org)

Ms Julia Constantinou, trained babywearing instructor and owner of ‘Carry me close’, a Cardiff-based baby carrier and sling rental company (www.carrymeclose.co.uk)

Doors open 5.30 pm

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The Little Man Coffee Company

Bridge Street

Cardiff

CF10 2EE

United Kingdom

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