What is Mutu?
Mutu is a peer to peer rental marketplace which is currently being built as an app and website that will be available to use very soon. We connect people who want things, with people who have them.
Once ready, we will provide a safe and secure space for individuals & businesses to gain access to almost anything that they need by searching, comparing & locating items to rent based on budget and location.
Mutu will allow you to lend out your under-utilised items. This way you can keep your items rather than contribute to the growing landfill challenges in New Zealand. Mutu also allows businesses who have assets, vehicles or equipment to rent & lend their items to other users.
You can rent or lend holiday, sport and leisure gear, like a paddleboard or bike. Some DIY tools to help a neighbour with their renovations. A vehicle for a business trip, construction equipment for your next project and much more. You name it, we'll lend it (excluding anything illegal, obviously!).
The harsh reality:
In New Zealand, we discard 15.5 million tonnes of waste each year. This is equivalent to 3,200kg of waste per Kiwi, one of the highest levels in the world. Only 28% of this waste is currently recycled.
The appeal of our beautiful country for international visitors means tourism numbers continue to grow. While tourism is essential to New Zealand's economy, the impact on national waste is undeniable.
Peer-to-peer rental platforms like Mutu can have a material impact on landfill reduction, CO2 and GreenHouse Gas emissions, as well as water quality caused by landfill runoff and waste disposal.
There's no need to buy and store things you don't use regularly. With Mutu accessing the things you need will be cheaper, more flexible and easier on the planet.
Make a new connection with a neighbour and help someone in your community by offering them a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to buying.
As a society, we are all becoming more conscious of the things we buy and our individual impact on planet earth.
Mutu was born in November 2019 in response to calls by government and environmental enthusiasts to increase the circular economy, targeted at reducing waste and landfill.
Like Airbnb, Uber and Designer Wardrobe, we are trying to change attitudes towards ownership by encouraging people, businesses & communities to share instead of buy.
We are also encouraging producers of goods to increase their product stewardship. This means taking ownership for the whole lifecycle of the products they create, including product lifespan and how their products are disposed of.
Mutu is working closely with a number of organisations to support communities by helping them gain access to the things they need.