A couple of years ago while on vacation with my friends, we had unknowingly (and unfortunately) planned a snowboarding trip to one of the country’s biggest ski resorts during one of the biggest holiday weekends for resort towns—President’s Day weekend. Not realizing that we were traveling during one of the busiest weekends, we failed to plan ahead and make reservations to book our rental equipment ahead of time. We were so accustomed to just walking in and renting equipment on all of our previous trips, that we were all shocked and disappointed to learn that nearly every place in town was completely booked out. What were we gonna do? We flew all the way from Florida to Colorado to go snowboard, there was no way that we were going to go home without doing so. Well, after calling around town to several rental shops, we finally found a place just outside of town that had enough equipment available for all of us to rent what we needed. We learned our lesson: plan your trip out, book ahead of time, and whatever you do, don’t go to a mountain town during President’s Day weekend. The trip ended, we went home happy and all was good—or so I thought. Weeks went by since we had returned from our trip, but something inside me would not let go of the experience of being turned away rental shop after rental shop.
My brain was churning and I started to think about how it might have been easier to just rent from one of the locals, like my friend who happened to live there and who had accumulated extra boards and other gear just from living there for so long. I started thinking about how she lives in a really expensive touristy town and spends most of her days working just to afford to live there. I thought about how it would be nice if she, her roommates and other local friends could make money off the extra gear they owned. I wanted to create some kind of platform specifically for outdoor enthusiasts where they could buy or sell outdoor recreation items. Realizing that there was no specific platform out there for this purpose, I decided to take the plunge into the entrepreneurial world and create Trently, a peer to peer app that had the ability to connect people regardless of location and regardless of outdoor activity.
My goal in life is to leave this earth a better place than I found it. With this app I not only have the ability to impact the lives of millions of outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, but I also have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment. Sadly, our society values the shiny new toy and constantly disparages the used and outdated. This fast fashion culture we live in causes a strain on the environment. When people buy new they tend to throw out their old items which most likely will end up in a landfill taking hundreds of years or more to decompose. Since kindergarten where I first learned about recycling (and corralled my siblings and cousins to go clean up our neighborhood), to present day where I am actively aiming to reduce my carbon footprint by transitioning my lifestyle to one that is zero waste, I have been an advocate for all things sustainable and eco friendly. To me, Trently is more than just a way to help people make or save money on outdoor gear, it is a sustainable alternative to help people enjoy the outdoors. By providing a platform for people to sell secondhand outdoor items, it allows those items to get a second chance at life. Whether or not sustainability is an important factor in people’s decision when it comes to buying things, I can’t say—but, if every purchase made on this app inadvertently helps to reduce landfill waste, that’s a win--not just for me, but for the planet :)
CEO & Founder, Trently
(see me below)
(President's Day weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado)