Well, perhaps a small part of the world. Specifically, a web site by the name of WorldChanging Seattle. In a discussion about "owning the experience rather than the stuff itself" our venerable tool library gets kudos for helping to keep down the proliferation of products:
"...If we take the product-service model to a smaller scale, we get down to my issue with the hammer. The Phinney Neighborhood Center's tool lending library is one example of group ownership working to everyone's advantage. This program, still in a growth phase with limited hours, nevertheless shows the possibilities. For reasonable weekly use fees that generally range from $2 to $30 (a few expensive appliances run $80-$115), you can borrow the tool you need for your job, and then return it (with no need to clear another storage space in your home!). Available tools include basics like extension cords and wrenches, yard tools like lawn mowers and pruning shears, and even advanced equipment like a pressure washer, cement mixer or table saw."
You can read the entire article here.
BTW: The PNA’s Tool Lending Library encourages you to consider the donation of new, used and antique tools and home construction, repair and maintenance books and magazines. Bring your materials by the library or call (206) 546-3119. The tool lending library is open Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.