Making changes to reverse global warming and reduce waste requires a change in our consumption mindset. Keeping products in use longer, recycling by finding new owners for items and maintaining an item in good condition are all ways to limit the loads headed to landfills. This is especially true with furniture. To address the issue, Inhabitr offers a high-tech solution for a very basic concept — furniture sharing.
By using a cloud system, Inhabitr monitors inventories of all types of furniture and interior design components. Customers can then locate furniture to use in the short or long term. With a focus on designer-quality pieces and on-trend designs, Inhabitr caters not only to homeowners and renters but commercial businesses, real estate developers and those in hospitality industries, such as hotels and restaurants.
Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of home furnishing, Inhabitr works to keep furniture and accessories in circulation for as long as possible. Its service even provides inventory options, delivery and installation. Most deliveries arrive within days since Inhabitr has warehouses located around the country.
Beyond furniture for every room, the database provides access to dinnerware, rugs, artwork and TVs. When done with your rental, Inhabitr will also pick up items and clean or repair them as needed before again making them available in the cloud for others to use.
While renting furniture is one option, customers can also buy used or new furniture and select rent-to-own items. In addition to moving pieces between customers, Inhabitr connects with large retailers, liquidators, wholesalers and manufacturers with excess inventory. These connections allow Inhabitr to support independent businesses and reduce waste by adding these pieces to its cloud for ongoing use. Since Inhabitr’s inception, the company reports it has circulated $5 million worth of furniture that would have otherwise ended in a landfill. Inhabitr has seen substantial growth, even during the pandemic, showing consumer support for sustainable interior design options.
“If you don’t have a way to let used furniture make its way back into the mainstream, you’re never going to solve the landfill problem,” said Ankur Agrawal, founder and CEO of Inhabitr. ”With our technology, we’re creating a way in which every consumer who wants to use a couch for a year, for example, and wants to trade it in for a different couch, will have the option to place their furniture into our cloud. Our cloud will then put it back into someone else’s home while allowing people to achieve the design aesthetic that they’re looking for, and be able to create a fair value for that couch.”
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