Archive for April, 2011

10 top tips for a right royal celebration ..

April 20, 2011


There’s nothing better than a Royal Wedding to bring people together for a good ol’ fashioned knees up and with this April 29th being declared a national holiday, millions of people all around the UK will celebrate this landmark occasion together. Family, friends, neighbours and even perfect strangers will feel as one as we share this special moment with William and Kate.

Whether you’re planning a street party, heading to London or having fun with family at home, here’s ten top ‘money saving’ tips to make your bash a right royal success ..


Royal wedding street parties are a tradition in England as the entire country is mesmerized by this momentous event. So if you’re planning a party there are lots of things you might need to help your day go with a swing.

Tip 1: From music systems to games to play, spare chairs to gazebos use Ecomodo to borrow the things you need for your party directly from your neighbours, friends and work colleagues.


Millions of people will be heading to London and line the wedding route to try to catch a glimpse of our future queen.

Tip 2: Wherever you’re travelling from –  if you need a lift or have spare space in your car check out GoCarShare. Save money by sharing the petrol costs and make new friends along the way.

Tip 3: If you need to travel by car but don’t have one use Whipcar to simply rent one from a neighbour. And if you have a spare seat, share your journey on GoCarShare and help others join in the fun.

Tip 4: London is going to be very busy so if you’re looking for somewhere to park – find spaces all over town at Parkatmyhouse.

Tip 5: London hotels are expensive. A cheaper alternative is to stay with a friendly local expert. Search Crashpadder to find 100’s of room all over London at very reasonable rates.

Tip 6: Want to get a good view of our future queen? Borrow a stepladder on Ecomodo direct from a London lender and save carrying one all the way there.


Royal wedding celebrations wouldn’t be the same without bunting in abundance and decorations galore and the Easter holiday’s are a great time to get the kids being creative. So get crafty, turn everywhere red, white and blue and make your decorations.

Tip 7: Freegle is a great way to find things in your neighbourhood that people do not want any more. From old clothes and scraps of material it’s easy to turn waste into WOW! And a cheap way to make beautiful personalised decor.


Make it a family affair and bring together every generation to share this momentous occasion is a lovely way to create everlasting memories. But do you have everything you will need?

Tip 8: Use Ecomodo to borrow everything you need to host your family from inflatable mattresses, large pots, plates and even chocolate fountains directly from your neighbours.

Tip 9: If you can’t fit everyone in, use Crashpadder to find a spare room from someone locally.


Whether your planning a posh do, a fancy dress party for the kids or even a hat competition at a street party, why not dress up! It’s a fun way to make the day very special.

Tip 10: Borrow dresses, tiaras, hats from people nearby on Ecomodo or upcycle an old outfit with things you find on Freegle.

Image borrowed from: treehouse1977 | FLICKR | Creative Commons


ecomodo helps to celebrate WWF’s 50th ..

April 7, 2011

As part of their 50th anniversary, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) asked 50 business and thought leaders to share their vision on how business can drive transformational change towards a sustainable future. Amongst the prestigious line-up were ..

  • Jonathon Porritt Founder director of Forum for the Future
  • Deborah Meaden Dragon’s Den & WWF Ambassador
  • Paul Polman CEO, Unilever
  • Cyndi Rhoades CEO, Worn Again
  • Ian Cheshire CEO, Kingfisher
  • David Nussbaum CEO, WWF UK
  • Matt Brittin CEO, Google UK
  • Dan Epstein Head of Sustainable Development, London 2012
  • James Cameron Vice chairman of Climate Change Capital
  • Steve Holliday CEO, National Grid
  • Nicolas Petrovic CEO, Eurostar
  • John Elkington Founder of Volans

And me ..

  • Tracy Currer Co-founder of Ecomodo

I felt extremely honoured to be invited by BigPictureTV to contribute a 50th Anniversary message to the WWF – though a wee bit nervous – but luckily I didn’t find out who else they had invited until later. And although Ecomodo is currently a small fish in a big pond – all these organisations were once start-ups just like us. So it’s great to see so many big players stepping up to the challenge and rethinking how their businesses can operate differently to evoke change.

Held at the Royal Society, the ‘World with a Future’ event brought together many of these leaders. At one point the discussion turned to “consumer choice”, and the issue that consumers expect and demand choice, making sustainability difficult. It made me think how important it is to design sustainability into every level of the user experience. Actually most consumers choose the default option and by carefully considering what the default is set to –  it’s an easy way to simply nudge people in the right direction. Though of course the sustainable option may not always be the most profitable one – and here lies the dilemma. Ecomodo delivers choice – an alternative to retail – the ability to enable consumers to borrow instead of buy from a place even more local than the high street.

But the most bizarre thing had to be listening to Ian Cheshire’s talk (B&Q) about delivering “use” over “ownership” – at one point I thought he’d stolen my pitch. Though he did miss off my tagline – “People need a hole – not a drill! The drill is just a means to the end.”

Watch WWF’s ‘Talking Heads’ video’s here.

it’s our first birthday ..

April 1, 2011

What an amazing first year!! A big thank you to all our wonderful Ecomodo pioneers who have signed up and started to share their stuff – we really couldn’t do this without you.

So for a bit of birthday fun we thought we’d do some sharing too. Here’s some interesting snippets from the past year ..


Most unusual wanted ad A double decker bus

Highest value object to borrow Microsoft surface unit

Most desirable space to borrow House in Surrey

Most fun skill listed How to cook fish stew

Most requested item Bell tent in Bristol

Top fundraiser Vicky has raised £198.46 for The Princes Trust by lending out an iPad just 7 times.

Most listed item Ladder & Tents – we have 28 of each to borrow

Most wanted item Sewing machines & Wallpaper steamers – it’s level pegging

Current top lender Lewis Skinner from Sheffield with 40 items to lend

Most scary moment On 28th May at 11:52 am our server went down just as we were about to present but we had a good excuse – Stephen Fry had just tweeted about us 🙂

Most glam day 29 June on the shoot for our Women & Home article

Most exciting day Has to be the 2nd December – we won the Green Award 2010 Best Use of Online Media – and chatted with David Attenborough


The best thing about running Ecomodo is all the awesome people we meet: from organisations, large and small, working on exceptional community or environmental based initiatives; to everyday people we talk to at events and going door to door. We’ve even got to know our own neighbours a lot better just from sharing stuff locally.

To all those that have supported us over the past year – We thank you! Especially the organisations that have become our friends and the good causes that have registered with us to start fundraising.

And to all our members – may you always have ‘many happy returns’.

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