5 Reasons Why You Should Rent Your Belongings

April 04, 2018

The World Economic Forum’s annual conference in January has taken a radical new stance, proposing that the future of the world’s economy is dependent on a sharing model facilitated by the internet of things (this is just a fancy way of saying borrowing stuff off your phone).

It doesn’t sound groundbreaking but this is a pretty big deal. As Jeremy Rifkin, an American economist and social theorist, points out, there has never been a successful contender to socialism vs. capitalism models until now. It seems like the clock is ticking for the ‘take, make, and dispose’ economy.

Most of us forget what we ate for dinner the night before, how on earth can we start building a new economic revolution? Well the truth is, we are all using it already, just not enough. Platforms like Airbnb and Gumtree are the big names but the newest kid on the block is Fat Lama: a peer-to-peer rental platform where you can find anything from cameras to drones listed.

Intrigued? Take a look at some of the benefits of renting your belongings:


HELP SAVE THE PLANET

Ever heard of e-waste? (we aren’t talking about junk mail!)

E-waste is electronic waste caused by  the millions of tonnes of phones, computers, cameras and cables we dispose of every year. Technology moves so quickly which is exciting, but it also creates an immense amount of trash. It is by far the biggest recycling crisis we face today, accounting for 2% of America’s landfills and 70% of all toxic waste produced.


A few ways to tackle this problem include:

  • Cutting back on purchasing electronics that you won’t use frequently (i.e. a drone), and consider borrowing where possible.
  • Responsibly recycle your e-waste at an approved facility
  • Take care of your electronics, so that they can have a longer life
  • Donate electronics once they’re past their lifespan to social programs. Many shelters and charities take used phones.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

There has been a concerted effort in recent years to stimulate community in urban areas. Up until now, cities have been centres of disconnect, where people living on the same street might never actually say a word to one another. However, this is all starting to change. Suburbs are becoming more vibrant than city centres, social clubs are on the increase and the internet is acting as a tool to connect people in person.

For peer-to-peer borrowing to work, it requires face-to-face encounters. Moreover, you will likely have common ground with the people you meet, given the mutual interest in a specific item. If you are renting a camera off someone, chances are they will either be a photographer or at least a fellow camera enthusiast.



CUT COSTS AND EMISSIONS

Along with reducing your reliance on production, renting will save you lots of money.

Think about the price we pay for an electric drill ($100+), or a DSLR camera ($400+), and ask yourself, is it worth the money?

A lot of the time, as previously mentioned, this stuff is used so infrequently that you might only use it a handful of times. Your average DSLR camera though will cost around $20 a day to rent, and can be negotiated for a weekly fee as well. This approach could save you hundreds of dollars that could be better used on saving for a deposit or a holiday somewhere!

 

BUY LESS. DO MORE.

Experiences, relationships, and journeys are the things that build our characters, not the things we own and buy.  

Around 78% of millennials would sooner spend money on experiences over owning possessions. This is reflected in recent years in a boost for spending in the travel and music industries. Today, young people are more happy to spend their money developing a mental scrapbook of stories, relationships and journeys rather than clutter their homes with an inventory of items they may only use a couple of times.

So, if you need to use something only to allow you to have a great experience - maybe a GoPro to document the ascent up a mountain, or a barbecue to host a great garden party - don’t buy it, check out whether you can rent from your neighbours instead.



EARN WHILE YOU'RE AT IT

Aside from the environmental and social advantages, there is also the potential to boost your own finances simply by listing your underused belongings.

Think about the bicycles you have lying about or a ladder in your shed you may have only ever used once. Well by renting such items out, you can quite efficiently make up their original cost, all with minimal effort. In fact, you can often far surpass this benchmark, with some people earning $5000 per month, a figure far over the average income in any country.



About Fat Lama Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

Started in East-London two years ago, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where you can find anything from hoovers to drones listed. In practical terms, Fat Lama is a way to make money off your personal belongings and rent items you don’t want, or can’t afford, to buy. It also has the capacity to become a lifestyle; of trying new things and meeting new people.

 

 

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Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

 





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The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric, unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

WHEN WORN AT NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up to sit at your natural waist - straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) XXL (18-20)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
37-39"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
47-50"
Inseam (inches) 26.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in-between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly loose. 

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top + The Essential Short Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy than our other Encircled tees, it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS)
4-6 (S)
8-10 (M)
12-14 (L)
16-18 (XL)
20 (XXL)
Bust
30.5-32.5"
33.5-35.5"
36.5-38.5"
39.5-41.5"
42.5-44"
45-47"
Waist
25-26"
27-29"
30-31"
32-34"
35-37"
38-40"
Hips
33-36"
37-39"
40-42"
43-45"
46-48"
49-52"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip and tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area for your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk. 

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18 XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 34-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32.5"
33" - 35.5"
36 - 38.5"
39 - 41.5"
42 - 49"
Hip (Inches)
33" - 36"
37" - 39"
40" - 42"
43" - 45"
46" - 50"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"
At longest, 35"
At longest, 36"
At longest, 37"

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

 

The Revolve Dress II + The Sleeveless Revolve Dress

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL) 20 (XXL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44" 45-47"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37" 38-40"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48" 49-52"
Length (in inches) At longest, 34.5" adjustable At longest, 35.35" adjustable At longest, 36" adjustable  At longest, 36.75" adjustable At longest, 37.5" adjustable At longest, 38.25" adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Reversible Bandeau Bra  

Size
(XS/S) (M/L) (XL)
Bust 30 - 33" 34 - 37" 38-41"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Bandeau Bra fits true to size and the wide elastic band provides light to medium support. To ensure proper fit, measure your bust and check our size guide.

The Everyday Twist Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48"
Back Length (in inches) 24.5" 25" 25.5" 26" 26.5"

Fit Advice: The Everyday Twist Top is designed to fit drapey. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. The fabric on The Everyday Twist Top has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Men's Nomadic V-Neck  

Size
S M L XL XXL
Chest 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44" 44-46"
Back Length 27" 27.5" 28" 28.75" 29.5"
Fit Advice: The Men’s Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. It features a straight fit, being more fitted in the shoulders and looser towards the waist. The fabric is 4-way stretch and it will fit within ~1-2" of the measurements. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, size up.

The Minimalist Leggings II

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18)  XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 35-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice:  The Minimalist Legging II fits true to size. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. 

The Dressy Sweatshirt

Size
XS-S (0-6) M-L (8-14) XL (16-28)
Bust 30-35 36-41 42-44
Waist 22-27 28-33 34-36
Hips 34-39 40-45 46-48

Fit Advice:  The Dressy Sweatshirt fits loose throughout the body and arms, but snug at the wrist and hip bands. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements.