ihopa launches new sharing service in collaboration with Husqvarna
At Easter, the roll-out of “Grannboxen” begins, a new sharing service where neighbours are offered to subscribe to access to a packed tool cabinet that is in one of the members yard. For the first phase, homeowners in Stockholm County who want to test this new circular concept and can lend space on their lot for the box are welcome to sign up.
From March 30, the Grannboxes will be exhibited in ten neighbourhoods around Stockholm. The box, which is filled with electric and battery-powered garden tools from Husqvarna and Gardena, as well as some household appliances, will be on the lot of one of the homeowners. For a fixed monthly fee (from SEK 99 per month), nearby neighbours can get access to all products without having to store, own or worry about maintenance.
– We know that people want to share, provided it is simple and easily accessible. With “Grannboxen”, only a few steps outside your own lot are required, and the convenience makes it attractive to share rare-use products, says Johannes Dahlberg, founder of Ihopa.
About the box
“Grannboxen” measures 1 m deep and 1.8 m wide and needs a connection to electricity to be able to charge the battery tools. Ihopa is responsible for maintenance and the hope is that it can be possible to engage experienced members for simpler procedures. Access to the box is given via a digital lock.
The tools are booked through a digital calendar. All boxes contain electric or battery-powered products such as high-pressure washing, battery-powered chainsaws, hedge trimmers, trimmers, blowers and protective equipment such as saw trousers, goggles, saw gloves and boots with saw protection. Add to that gutter cleaner, pruning shears, saw and secateurs with telescopic shaft etc. In addition, each neighbourhood can choose to add 5 products from a selection.
– We want to increase the pace of the number of sustainable solutions. This is one of several circular experiments where we try to increase the utilization rate of tools and at the same time solve the storage problem that is commonplace for many in metropolitan areas. It will also be interesting to learn if sharing can have a positive social effect, says Margaretha Finnstedt, Director Husqvarna Innovation Lab.
Registration of interest
Registration of interest to participate in the pilot is made at www.ihopa.com. The neighbourhoods that show the best attendance are assigned to the boxes. The registration period is open until April 6.