The sharing economy and sustainability: A case for Airbnb

Chelsea Midgett, Joshua S. Bendickson, Jeffrey Muldoon, Shelby J. Solomon

Abstract


This paper explores the sustainable initiatives within sharing economies, specifically that of Airbnb. Airbnb provides users the ability to list, find, and rent lodging from other individuals. A background on Airbnb and its commitment to sustainability is presented along with the major sustainability issues commonly found plaguing traditional accommodations. Accordingly, we propose that sharing economies, ones such as accommodations, are a more sustainable alternative to traditional travel lodging through the consumption of less energy and resources, the production of less waste, and the overall theme of sustainability that is portrayed through many hosts and users of the service. We conclude with a discussion of implications and avenues for future research. 


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