Archive for March, 2011

frolicking at UK Aware 2011 ..

March 29, 2011

Just recovering from a couple of fun and hectic days in London, exhibiting at UK Aware, Britain’s largest green and ethical lifestyle show.

This year for our stand we decided to borrow lots of things from some of our lenders in London. It was so wonderful to nip around London, meeting our members and picking up some super stuff including a sewing machine, bass guitar, Brompton bike and Gucci bag. At the show, we signed up a whole bunch of new members, interestingly of which, 44% had travelled to the show from outside London and 72% were women.

Perhaps next year we should choose to borrow and display – a few more ‘boys toys’ – Any suggestions?

Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

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six great ways to share ..

March 18, 2011

Over the past few months we’ve met lots of interesting people doing interesting things. Together we are part of a new movement called ‘Collaborative Consumption‘.

Nobody explains this better than Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers whose new book What’s mine is yours – The Rise of Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented through the latest technologies and peer-to-peer marketplaces, in ways and on a scale never possible before.

From cars to chocolate fountains; spare cash to spare spaces, here’s six ways to start sharing your assets .. right here in the UK!

At Zopa.com you can lend and borrow money directly with other people – they’ve arranged £125m in loans so far! And because it’s ‘person-to-person’, you get better rates than you would from the banks, so everybody wins except the fat cats.

Worried about petrol prices? Got a long journey planned? Share car journeys with your friends and social network through Facebook with goCarShare: a new, green and cheaper way to travel. Drivers and potential passengers can add requests for free here.

ParkatmyHouse.com helps reduce the cost of parking by connecting drivers to home and business owners willing to rent out their underutilised parking spaces. Drivers can save up to 75% compared to commercial car parks near stadiums, airports, train stations and local high streets.


Crashpadder.com is a global homestay community. With Crashpadder, hosts earn money from their spare space, while travellers benefit from budget-friendly, sociable accommodation. Crashpadding is the perfect alternative to hotels – after all, there’s no place like homes! Find out more.

With WhipCar you can now make money whenever you are not using your car. Get paid for renting your car to sensible drivers nearby while Whipcar take care of all the hassle. See how much your car could earn here.

From tiaras to tents, spanners to sewing machines, use Ecomodo,com to save £££’s by borrowing things you need from people near you. Confidently lend your own stuff for free, a fee or for charity. Join the marketplace of good returns.


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