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countdown to the Olympics .. lend your kit!

June 27, 2012

In just 30 days, we will open our doors to share our capital with visitors from across the UK and the world. Many of us watching the Olympics this summer may feel inspired to try out a new sport, but prevented by entry costs, lack of access to equipment, or lack of confidence or motivation.

Handing the baton to local people by encouraging them to share their under-utilised sports equipment, time and passion, Ecomodo hopes to help jump the cost prohibitive hurdles for anyone wanting to try something new.

From hockey to handball; basketball to boxing; there are 26 different sports that make up the Olympics and for most of these activities, people need stuff. Much of this kit already exists collecting dust in the homes, sheds, attics and cupboards of other local people – it just needs to be made visible and available to share.

Ecomodo members have already listed a number of items that people can borrow to try a new sport, including bikes, badminton rackets, weights and kayaks. But it’s not just equipment they’ve added. People have listed themselves as running partners and there are a few places to play too – including community centres and a field.

So if it’s a little motivation you need or you want to rekindle your passion – share your time or sporting expertise with someone new. And if you have access to a place to play – add that too!

So as the fervour builds to the start of The Games and beyond, we will celebrate different sports with different items you can lend. Share your “Goods For The Games” and to get inspired follow #GoodsForTheGames & #GFTGames on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

And if you’re lacking in the sports equipment department – don’t worry – there are lots of other goods you could lend for The Games, to support those living locally to you.

During the games London will be bursting at the seams. Londoners will need access to all sorts of the resources to host friends, family and visitors. They will need: air beds, highchairs, car booster seats, spare fridge, tent, garden space for a tent or a spare room > more

And across the UK, parties of all types will take place in streets, village halls and gardens as friends and communities come together to watch and celebrate the games. They will need: gazebos, generators, games, chocolate fountain, a venue, multimedia projectors or a just helping hand > more

So if you’ve got stuff to help someone try out a new sport; host visitors or have a party : join the marketplace of good returns at Ecomodo.com and share your Goods for the Games!

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hangin’ out with the WI ..

March 9, 2012

On a cold day in February, we joined our fabulous friends from Start and headed off to Denham College in Oxford (otherwise known as The WI HQ) to spend the day with the lovely ladies from The Women’s Institute. Organised by Start, the first WI cascade day brought together over 130 ladies from all over the UK and 9 great organisations to share ideas and equip the participants with simple, sustainable steps that they could take back and initiate in their own individual communities.

Joining us for the day were some fabulous people: Hillary & Clare from Make and Mend it, Nick from Project Dirt, Edwin from Give Me Tap, Gin from B&Q, Jonathan from M&S, Rita & Kate from The Big Lunch, Terena from The Greening Campaign and Mak & Will from The Edible Bus-stop

Kicking off, Michael and Kerry from Start played a 21st century version of ‘Play your cards right’ with the whole audience shouting ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ to facts taken from Eco Action Trumps. Although no “Brucey bonuses” were awarded on this occasion, it definitely raised the energy levels in the room whilst helping everyone to think about the little actions you do and how they can be done differently.

Following the ladies split into 7 groups and we ran back-to-back workshops to introduce each group to Ecomodo. To inspire the ladies to think about what resources they already have and those might like to lend or borrow – we played our ever favourite sticky note game with some interesting results.

Green notes for items you have to lend. Orange ones for things you’d like to borrow.

In general, the response to Ecomodo was very good and it was great to find one of the ladies was already a member with stuff she was lending on Ecomodo. Playing the sticky game I’m always amazed, even within small groups, how quickly we find matches between people who have stuff and people who need it and we even found one lady who wanted to learn how to make jam! Of course this got lots of responses!

And a day with the WI wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea and lots of yummy cake!

Visit our page to see how the Women’s Institute can use Ecomodo to bring their community together to share, fundraise and more!

Visit Start’s page to see more about the event and download their toolkit for the day.

free tickets to start growing at clarence house ..

July 18, 2011

 

Our good friends at Start have given us 5 pairs of ‘exclusive’ tickets to give away for the ‘Start Growing: An Open Garden‘ event at Clarence House, between July 27th to 30th (time slots between 10am – 12pm, 12pm – 2pm, 2pm – 4pm & 4pm – 6pm).

If you’re a member of Ecomodo and would like to go – please e-mail us at hello@ecomodo.com with your name and Ecomodo screen name, and if you’re not yet an ecomodo member – sign up – It’s FREE to join.

This event is only open for the public to get tickets on 31st July – so if you would like a special invite as a guest of Ecomodo – just get in touch. First come, first served!

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More details about ‘Start Growing’ ..

Visit to The Prince of Wales’ backgarden at Clarence House, for a wonderful display of sustainable gardening and growing. See exhibits from Garden Organic, Soil Association, The National Trust as well as a fantastic “Forest Garden” installation by “Petherick, Urquhart and Hunt” who are renowned experts in organic gardening.

Guests will also have a rare opportunity to visit The Highgrove Shop, whose products take their inspiration from the gardens at Highgrove and reflect the wide-ranging interests and passions of HRH The Prince of Wales. (Profits from the sale of Highgrove products are donated to The Prince’s Charities Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports a wide range of causes and projects).

Visitors to Start Growing are also most welcome to the exciting event that will be taking place just next door at Lancaster House – our Start Pop-up Restaurant, promoting sustainable eating.  You’ll be able to enjoy a drink or light meal in the Garden, or you may even wish to pre-book the full dining experience and enjoy the splendour and atmosphere of the Grand Hall inside the House, which was recently used to depict Buckingham Palace for the Academy Award winning “The King’s Speech”.


All in all, it will be a wonderful, sustainable and – we hope – inspirational day out.

are you a green champion ?

June 28, 2011

Do you live in, attend school or run a green group in Wandsworth? If so, you could be nominated for a Wandsworth Council’s Green Champions Awards!!

Categories to enter include recycling and waste minimisation champion, green project or group and green champion and you can enter yourself or nominate someone else. Schools can enter the primary/junior school or secondary/sixth form college category, and in both cases judges will be looking for what the school does to protect the environment and the quality of environmental education they provide to pupils.

The closing date for entries is Monday August 1, 2011. To find out more and how to enter click here.

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.

sharing the wealth ..

January 5, 2011

How to make a difference: Read Laura Laker‘s wonderful article about Ecomodo in The Ecologist entitled “Ecomodo: the lending website that’s sharing the wealth“. There’s some great comments from some of our members who we would love to thank for taking the time to talk to Laura. Thank-you 🙂

lets reinvent christmas .. together!

December 14, 2010

“In 2008, £1.7 billion was spent on unwanted Christmas presents. The equivalent to £36 per person and 46% of us are still hoarding ours a year later.” Fact borrowed from Ebay and YouGov.

Each year Christmas is a costly personal challenge for everyone. In pursuit of keeping the dream alive we all spend money making ill informed guesses about what others may want. This results in an average of expenditure on presents of approx £500 per person, and yet more stuff collecting dust in people’s houses before eventually seeing the light of day at a car boot sale 5 years later.

Ecomodo has another idea that can benefit everyone, the environment and keep the Christmas spirit alive throughout the festive season and beyond. We want to reinvent Christmas.

Our proposition is that you don’t spend money on others and buy just one present for yourself. If everyone bought one present of something they really want and make it available to others to borrow, you would give everyone you know access to more stuff than they could imagine.

Your present to yourself could be a new tool, a tent, a kitchen gadget, a surf board, a special dress or perhaps even a learning a new skill such as massage or floristry. Everyone gets at least one thing they love, no-one spends more than they can afford and everyone has access to loads of new stuff which will inspire them to try new things and save them money. If we all spent £500 on our ‘one present’ and if we assume that most people would willingly lend to approx 30 people around them this means that on December 26th everyone would have access to £ 15k worth of new stuff to make our lives easier or more fun.

Already, people all across the UK are lending their everyday objects, skills and spaces for free, for a fee or for charity. By using Ecomodo’s lending circles it’s really possible to reinvent Christmas, simply set up a circle, invite the people in your life to join and get everyone to add their ‘one present’ to share.

And it needn’t stop at Christmas. You can add all the other stuff you have lying about and help create a fantastic community resource ready to be enhanced every Christmas. Keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round and help the people around you.

More interesting Christmas over consumption facts borrowed from Do the Green Thing

your shed : everyone’s treasure trove

July 4, 2010

Is your shed a haven or just the place to hoard a heap of stuff? Whatever the answer, this week it’s time for a bit of shed love.

For those who haven’t heard of National Shed Week, it’s an annual event in it’s fourth year that brings together “Sheddies” from around the world to show off their sheds and compete for the coveted “Shed of the year” award amongst other things. The competition, run by Readersheds covers sheds of all shapes and sizes and this year’s entries include workshops, eco-sheds, summerhouses and pubs. And if like me, you’re a fan of Dr. Who there are even Tardis sheds.

At Ecomodo.com we love sheds. Sheds are full of all sorts of lovely things that are very useful but unfortunately may not get used too often. But now you can make your shed become the treasure trove of your neighbourhood.

Using Ecomodo.com you can lend out everything in your shed to the people that live nearby.  You can choose to lend for free, to make some extra cash for yourself, or fundraise for a charity or good cause.

If your shed contains: DIY or garden tools, ladders, kayaks, bikes, tents, spare chairs or even kid’s stuff in storage for the 2nd born to grow into; then lend it out and help others save money by borrowing instead of buying the things they don’t need often.

You can also choose to lend the shed itself and help someone out with a bit of temporary storage, to fix up a bike, or complete a woodworking project. Or share your “sheddie” skills and lend a hand to someone nearby.

OK. I know what you are thinking. “I’m not sure I feel comfortable lending out my stuff”.

If you are a little concerned about lending your stuff, Ecomodo can help you lend with confidence. You can set up a lending circle for your friends, neighbours, work colleagues or people you know from a local club or pub and invite them to join. You can then choose to lend your stuff to everyone or just people in your lending circles. Alongside this you can opt to take deposits or insurance for extra peace of mind.

Lots of people in the UK are already opening up their sheds for the common good and starting to lend hedge cutters, lawnmowers, jet washers, shears and strimmers to name a few.

So whether your shed is the pride of your household or just a depository for your stuff, let’s get your shed earning its keep. This week, show a your shed a little shed love and spend some time sifting it. Take a photo of anything you think would be useful for someone else to use, and add it to lend on Ecomodo.com.

So .. what’s in your shed?

do the green thing ..

June 17, 2010

What better day than Green Britain Day to Do The Green Thing !

The Green Thing Trust has become our latest good cause to choose to donate to when lending out your assets. They’ve become a friend of ecomodo and invited us to write a guest entry on Green Thing’s Blog.

If you’ve not heard of Green Thing, it is a not-for-profit public service that inspires people to lead a greener life. With the help of brilliant videos and inspiring stories from creative people and community members around the world. My personal favourite is a Gusty and Ford.

drum roll please ..

April 15, 2010

An LCD Projector was successfully borrowed and returned today to the Lender who is raising money for a new lounge. Our first lend has gone off without a hitch.


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