Re-use of products through rental services such as subscription services and leasing. Rental services as a concept is part of the sharing economy societal paradigm.
Rental service models can minimise use of resources by potentially extending the product lifespan.
- Products should be designed for extensive use, which can be a design challenge.
- Users may not want to pay for used products.
- Rental services can offer complete solutions, like the sub-scription based baby clothing company Vigga, now part of Circos.
- Rental services may provide single items such as designer bags from rentabag.dk,
- Belgian company, Mud Jeans leases jeans made of organic and recycled cotton for a monthly fee.
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