May 19, 2008 09:00 ET

Give New Life to Unused Stuff: Makes You Money and Supports Sustainability With Peer-to-Peer Renting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - Do you have a tent you've used twice or a digital camera gathering dust in a drawer? Do you need a power drill for just one project? In a world where a drill is only used for an average of 12 minutes over its whole lifetime it has become clear that even though we often feel we have too much stuff, we always seem to want and need more. After six months in live beta, Zilok (, already the World's largest peer-to-peer renting platform, today announced its full US service launch, and with it a proven green way to make money from the things you have and save money on the things you want and need.

Make money, save money

The bicycles, camping gear, strollers and electronics that gather dust in our cluttered closets and garages are needed right now by people in your area who would love to rent an item for a few days rather than spend much more to buy it themselves.

Keep it local and be a green hero

By simply renting things you aren't using to people in your area, you cut down on conspicuous consumption and encourage the reuse of everyday household items and electronics. With Zilok you help save on the natural resources needed to produce more stuff.

"Inspired by conservation and green movements in Europe, Zilok is the fun way to tackle over-consumption while expanding everyone's access to the things they want and need -- whether that is a scooter or Wii, a ratchet set or a tuxedo," offered Gary Cige, Cofounder and CEO of Zilok.

How to rent out just about anything on

Posting an item just takes a minute: Type in what it is, where it is and when it is available, upload a picture, set your price and choose payment methods. Before you know it you may receive your first text message or email notifying you that "Someone requested your item." Not someone from out of state, someone from your actual area.

How to rent just about anything on

Just type in what you are looking for and where you live. Find the item, set the time frame of the rental and confirm the request with the retainer system. Next pickup the item locally and pay the owner directly. It is that easy.

What Zilok Users are Saying

Lionel from New York City: "I needed a twin jog stroller for a weekend, and found one on Zilok in my neighborhood. I saved time and about $200, for something I wouldn't even know where to store."

Brianna from Seattle: "We have a scooter we don't use much but pay insurance for. I listed it on Zilok and told neighbors. The word spread and it became an alternative transportation mode for some people in the community. I made more than $150 over this last couple of months, I'm glad we kept that scooter!"

Tony from San Francisco: "My kayak doesn't get out of the garage very often. I hate seeing things not being used, and I'm glad other people can enjoy it now it's on Zilok. The extra money is nice, and I really like the community and the green aspects of it."


Zilok is the online rental marketplace, where anyone can offer just about anything for rent to the community. Zilok's mission is to support and develop peer-to-peer renting as a new, sustainable and community-driven way of consuming.

Zilok went live in public beta in November 2007 in the United States, France and Belgium, and in Spring 2008 in the Netherlands and in the UK. US offices are based in San Francisco, CA. was awarded Site of the Week by PC Magazine, and elected the best European Startup by the audience of the Plugg Startup Rally 2008. Zilok is a member of the American Rental Association.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Peter Evers
    Magnet Public Relations for Zilok
    (415) 383-8181
    Email Contact