Sharing is worth it, that's for sure! Nevertheless, we - the Weeshare team - were quite amazed when we saw the numbers black on white: Since the launch of the WeeShare application in 2012, our users have saved an astonishing amount of almost 400 million US Dollars thanks to the popular sharing app from Switzerland! And not only that: at the same time, WeeShare has enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 million kilograms. The environment, nature, climate and WeeShare would like to thank you!
How this calculation works is easy to explain: we know that people share things and that WeeShare has a positive impact on the environment and savings capital. The key we use for the calculation is mainly based on the WeeShare categories such as car, boat and everyday items. Here we have evaluated our data and included various studies on these categories. This allowed us to define a small - and therefore realistic - value with which to calculate these two figures.
We are aware of the fact that these figures should be treated with caution. Nevertheless, they represent a positive motivation for anyone looking for savings while at the same time protecting the environment.
WeeShare users save 400 million US Dollars and reduce their CO2-footprint by 65 million Kg
Thanks to our savings- and CO2-calculator on weeshare.com, our users can see live how the savings achieved are constantly increasing. Soon we will be at 400 million US Dollars - a considerable sum! But where exactly is this amount actually saved, what is shared so profitably? Most of the saved capital, a good 60%, can be attributed to WeeShare car sharing. After all, sharing and co-use of vehicles has more far-reaching economic effects than one might think:
Anyone who decides to share their car with other users not only saves directly into his own pocket but causes as well a whole range of other economic consequences and savings. First of all - and this is probably the biggest expense - fewer cars are bought. But this also means that fewer registrations are required, less insurance needs to be taken out, fixed costs such as parking spaces, vehicle inspections, annual tyre and oil changes and general maintenance costs are eliminated, at least in part. Car sharing leads to less traffic - and that in turn reduces the burden on roads; fewer traffic policemen have to be deployed, less maintenance is required, less road taxes are incurred.
Less traffic leads to less congestion and fewer road accidents, which in turn leads to fewer delays and absences from work, fewer fees, extra economic expenses, loss of working hours and even savings on any medical and recovery costs...
All of these savings add up - and a single WeeShare member may be able to save a considerable amount of money each year on his or her own. But the beauty of sharing is that it benefits not just one, but all: Those who share or borrow their item, those who share or borrow it - and last but not least, the environment and nature.
WeeShare: Positive impact on nature and the environment
By sharing vehicles, we save valuable and non-renewable resources, for example in the form of fuel. We also reduce the carbon dioxide emitted by cars - one of the biggest «sinners» in the fight against the global climate change.
Because, and this aspect is almost more important to us at WeeShare than the financial savings - through car sharing and sharing tools, studios and other items that you don't need every day, we are massively reducing our carbon footprint. WeeShare users have already reduced emissions by around 65 million kilograms since the app was launched in 2012. This is roughly equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of a small city with around 14000 inhabitants - or 25000 passenger flights from Zurich to New York and back. With the new CO2 emission regulations for passenger cars in Switzerland of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre, the WeeShare community would have travelled around the world 17000 times.
Electricity vs. non-renewable energy
Increasingly fashionable in car sharing are vehicles that run on electricity or alternative energy. Electric cars are particularly popular in large cities with acute danger of traffic jams, a general shortage of parking spaces and increased exposure to smog. Free electricity for recharging the vehicles is provided in various places and many cities offer specially marked parking spaces - with integrated charging stations - for electric vehicles. The positive impact on nature is enormous - on the one hand, no non-renewable resources are consumed and on the other hand, no toxic exhaust fumes are released into the environment.
The current figures on our sharing portal show that we are on the right track with our philosophy «Sharing is Caring» regarding saving money and protecting environment and nature. More and more people are deciding to share or borrow instead of buying themselves.
We would like to thank all users and wish them good sharing!