londoners love sharing ..

November 14, 2012 by

Today is the first ever Global Sharing Day and to mark this historic occasion we are celebrating all of our members and especially those that live throughout London.

Amongst members using Ecomodo across the UK, 30% live within the Greater London area. Every borough in London has people using Ecomodo to share their everyday goods, skills and spaces with others nearby. As well as borrowing locally, Londoners are using Ecomodo to borrow further afield, across the UK,  to gain access to the things they need whilst on holiday, including kayaks, tents, travel cots and pushchairs.

Moving from 2nd place in 2011, Hackney has knocked Lambeth off the top spot and takes the ‘sharing’ crown for 2012 with Islington moving up a massive 3 places to 3rd position. Check out our graphic to see where your borough ranks and get wee taster of some of great items to borrow around London. Help your borough rise in the ranks and sign up for free to Ecomodo today.

.. And see what items you can borrow across London.

About Global Sharing Day ..

Kick-started by The People Who Share, Global Sharing Day has 160 partners and a network of 61 million+ and spans no less than 147 countries. It will see people and organisations across the world coming together to share in all sorts of different ways especially between  1-2pm on 14th November. There are lots of ways to get involved! Follow #GlobalSharingDay on Twitter to keep updated.

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love lending, live more! competition ..

September 12, 2012 by

We’re joining Waste Watch to celebrate the first ever Waste less, Live more Week.

Waste less, Live more will signal the start of a national campaign aiming to raise awareness of how environmental and social issues are interlinked.

Between 17 – 23 September there will be a whole host of activities and events put on by a diverse range of organisations, businesses and charities encouraging people to perform a simple act big or small – that supports both people and the environment. The aim is to demonstrate how we can all live better whilst consuming less.

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Enter our “Love lending, Live more!” PHOTO Competition. It’s an easy way to get involved and you could WIN a fantastic £100 experience voucher! 

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To enter ..

1. Simply take a photo of yourself with something you could lend. Points will be awarded for multiple items, unusual items, artistic and flamboyant composition and comments from our Facebook friends. And if you don’t have a camera – borrow one!

2. Upload your photo to Ecomodo’s Facebook page with the caption “I’m wasting less and living more” before midnight on 23rd September 2012. If you’re not on Facebook, just email your image to Tracy at hello@ecomodo.com and we’ll upload it for you.

Choose to sign up to Ecomodo.com and keep updated on new items to borrow and wanted ads in your neighbourhood. It’s free to join and available throughout the UK.

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The Prize ..

We will be giving away a £100 experience voucher to the best photo entered. If you’re the winner you will be able to choose from a wide range of experiences for a thrilling activity day, including , 30 Minute Flight Simulator, a Deluxe English Vineyard Tour, an Introduction to Falconry, a Rally Thrill. You can even share your experince with a friend including a Spa Day for Two, Karting or RIB Powerboating on the Thames. There’s lots to choose from for a fantastic adventure day!

The winner will be announced on 25 September 2012 and notified via Facebook (or email).

Please note: By entering this competition you are agreeing to allow Ecomodo to use your image for further PR activities. The prize awarded is entirely at our discretion and there is no cash alternative.

For inspiration, here’s a photo of Ecomodo’s co-founder Meriel with lots of her stuff to lend and check out what people are already lending on ecomodo.com.

Start wasting less and living more. Lend and borrow each other’s everyday goods, skills and spaces on ecomodo.com.

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For further information about what is going on during the week visit: www.wastelesslivemore.com and follow #WasteLessLiveMore on Twitter or join Waste Less Live more on Facebook.

#3 borrow a helping hand! Hermione’s story ..

September 7, 2012 by

Caption: Fixed computers after borrowing a helping hand from Adam

“Ever since I started The DoNation one of the things that I’ve envied most about my friends and their conventional jobs (aside from their salaries) are their IT support teams. Just because I run a web start up, it doesn’t mean I enjoy or am good at IT; I’ve been driven mad by far too many afternoons helplessly spent trying to fix niggling computer issues myself.

Through several social enterprise support schemes we’ve been lucky enough to have had four computers donated to us, which have all come in super handy as our team has grown. But as time goes on and our computing demands have increased, these well used, second hand machines started to stagger, stutter, and slur. I had resigned myself to the fact that it was time to fork out on a new laptop, but given that we have this abundance of machines and my hate for waste, I felt a bit uncomfortable about it.

But then our wonderful intern Eleanor (pictured above) came across a post on Ecomodo by Adam, an IT expert offering his skills to organisations like ours. It so happened that he lived just down the road from our office and so popped by after work one evening. Within hours he’d got two of the computers back on track, doubled in speed and reliability. On a second visit he tackled a desktop that I had completely written off, he managed to get it on for the first time in a year and back to full speed in less than an hour.

It was simple stuff for an expert, but mind-boggling and hair-tearing for a novice like me.  It saved me from forking out on a new computer, so saving a good £600 or so and a lot of unnecessary waste.

It might not be quite the full IT support team yet, but we’re getting there. Thanks Adam, and thanks Ecomodo!” Hermione

Stories from our members #3

#2 celebrating Cromford weekend ..

July 27, 2012 by

Guest blog by Tom Veitch from Global Action Plan

For a few months now Global Action Plan has been running the Cromford Shares project, focussed on exploring different ways to increase the amount of sharing that takes place in the Derbyshire village of Cromford.

From the start we wanted to look at different ways that people could share, from very low-tech ideas (like a notice board in the Post Office) to an online system for those who were more used to using websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

We reviewed a few of the available ‘sharing’ websites and chose Ecomodo for two main reasons. Firstly, the ‘trusted circles’ gave a way of helping people to feel safe that they wouldn’t necessarily be sharing with ‘anyone and everyone’. Additionally the sharing agreement and the optional insurance that accompanies each ‘share’ gave some security and tackled some of the common barriers that people mentioned when we talked about the project initially.

Ironically, one benefit that we had not foreseen at this stage was the option of lending with a donation going to a good cause – and that people were free to pick their own local good causes, rather than just national charities.

A few weeks ago we had the chance to promote Cromford Shares and Ecomodo at Celebrating Cromford, a weekend of activity in the village. We held a market stall at one of their events as well as the main market on the Sunday. We took along props to demonstrate the types of things that could be shared. As it was a rainy weekend we were even able to lend our “borrow me” umbrella at various points.

Most people were very receptive, and a common comment was “what a great idea”. A lot of people were familiar with Freegle and Freecycle and saw Ecomodo as a natural next step. We signed up 25 people to Ecomodo on the day, with lots more taking away a leaflet for more information. Even if people were visitors to Cromford they could check out what was available in their area.

Interestingly, a lot of people we spoke to had already heard about Cromford Shares, but hadn’t got round to signing up to anything yet, so it showed that, whilst it can take a while for an idea to get off the ground, it is worth sticking in there and keeping talking about the project.

Cromford Shares is part-funded by the Tellus Mater Foundation.

Stories from our members #2

#1 borrowing a battery charger ..

July 18, 2012 by

caption: Eliot borrowing a motorbike batter charger from Louise

“My motorbike had a flat battery so I went on eBay looking for a charger. Then I thought, do I want to own one of these things? No, I just want to use one. So I posted a “wanted” on Ecomodo and within a day or two someone had offered me one. I went and picked it up and saved myself forty quid.

Bizarrly just a few days later someone on Westminster Hub’s mailing list was asking to borrow a drill so I pointed her to Ecomodo. Two seconds later I got an Ecomodo email saying someone wanted to borrow my drill. I’d completely forgotten my own drill was on there! It took her half an hour to realise I was the same person.” Eliot

Stories from our members #1

borrow, swap, rent ..

July 8, 2012 by

Borrow, swap, rent .. how to avoid buying nearly everything. Great article in today’s Mail On Sunday featuring Ecomodo.com.

Full article here.

countdown to the Olympics .. lend your kit!

June 27, 2012 by

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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it’s national sharing day ..

June 18, 2012 by

Kick-started by The People Who Share, to coincide with A Good WeekNational Sharing Day on June 20th will see a host of organisations from around the UK coming together to celebrate sharing in all sorts of different ways.

On the day, Ecomodo will be participating with a number of activities including the launch of BT’s workplace lending circle at Adastral Park, in Ipswich.

We will also be following events on Twitter and Facebook – so keep an eye out for #NationalSharingDay.

If you’d like to celebrate National Sharing day, but are not sure where to start; we’ve put together a handy list of ideas, and services to join, to inspire you to start sharing.

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Here are 5 ways to start sharing with ecomodo.com

1. Lend a ladder: Ladders, drills and tents are the most borrowed items on Ecomodo. Got one? Why not add it to Ecomodo to lend and choose to lend for free, a fee or for charity.

2. Start sharing at your workplace: Be inspired by BT and start a lending circle at your workplace too. It’s quick and easy to do and brings heaps of benefits to your staff and your organisation. Find out more.

3. Find out what your friends are hiding  in their closet: Everyone who joins Ecomodo automatically gets a friends’ lending circle. So sign up, invite some friends and start sharing. Simple.

4. Share something unusual: As well as the everyday, there are many unusual things to borrow on Ecomodo (goods: a unicycle, periscope, iPads, ballroom dress & shoesspaces: a kiln, Garden Space for beehiveskills: how to cook a fish stew). What could you lend that’s extraordinary?

5. Pop up a poster: Inspire others to start sharing. Print out our lovely new poster and pin it up at your workplace, local library, school, community centre or favourite cafe.

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Here are 5 other great ways to share ..

1. Give someone a lift: Share a spare seat in your car with GoCarShareLiftshare and BlaBlaCar. Find a journey you need to take with CompareAndShare.

2. Borrow a car: Lend your own car to a neighbour on Whipcar or join a car sharing scheme such as Zipcar or City Car Club.

3. Give stuff away: Got stuff you don’t need anymore? Pass it on to someone who does, with FreegleDitto or the London Reuse Network.

4. Share your passion: Passionate about something? Share it. Great sites are ProjectDirt and Horsesmouth.

5. Swap a Shallot: Got too many carrots and not enough potatoes? Share your home grown on Lourish and FruitShare.

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We’ve always knew that sharing could make you happy and now it’s been confirmed in a fantastic new report from Co-operatives UK.

“We are a nation that knows how good sharing feels. 7 out of 10 people in the UK say that sharing makes us feel better about ourselves, 8 out of 10 say that sharing makes them happy.”  Borrowed from The great sharing economy | Co-operatives UK | 2011

Be happy, start sharing! Join the marketplace of good returns at ecomodo.com

.. And even if you’re not sure what to lend or borrow, sign up to keep updated about new items to borrow and wanted ads near you.

lets keep the jubilee spirit alive ..

June 6, 2012 by

Over the last 4 days, I have been amazed to see how the people of our wonderful country have come together in a host of extraordinary ways to celebrate 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. Overwhelmed by the occasion I, myself, was brought to tears listening to The Commonwealth band signing the Jubilee song outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night.

From parties to pageants; beacons to song; celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee have taken place across the length and breath of Britain, as neighbours, friends and strangers have all joined together with a renewed sense of pride and strength for our communities and country.

So how can we keep this jubilant spirit alive?

Sixty years ago, when our Queen took the throne, we too lived in austere times. Back then, to get things done people relied on their neighbours for help and knew who up their street had some long ladders to borrow, or who could help fix a leaky tap. Ecomodo.com wants to help revive this altruistic attitude by simply bringing people back together to share.

It’s simple to get started ..

1. Sign up to Ecomodo.com. It’s free to join!

2. Think of anything you can lend- it may be a drill, ladders or even a chocolate fountain. Perhaps you have a skill to share or just some time to help a neighbour out. If you’re not sure what to lend then get inspired or browse items to lend.

3. Add your items to Ecomodo or post a wanted ad for something you would like to borrow and we will automatically other members in your local area know about your new listings. If you’re not sure what to lend or borrow – sign up to keep updated on what’s locally available to you.

4. Invite you neighbours, friends and work colleagues to join Ecomodo and even start a Lending circle.

Find out more about Ecomodo, how it works and join us on Facebook.

Image borrowed from the Daily Telegraph

10 days to the big ‘jubilee’ lunch ..

May 24, 2012 by

This year’s The Big Lunch is on Sunday 3rd June and falls on the same weekend as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A record number of people are expected to take part, getting together with their neighbours to have lunch and to celebrate 60 years of our Queen’s reign.

Whatever you’re planning for your Big ‘Jubilee’ Lunch celebrations from a few neighbours lunching in the garden, to a full blown street party with food and music, Ecomodo can help you get equipped to make your festivity go with a swing.

On Ecomodo there are already lots of lovely things you may borrow for your party; a bouncy castle, village hall, cocktail shaker and gazebo to name a few. But if you can’t find what you need locally post a wanted ad to tell people around you what you’re looking for.

Keep your day alive ..

And at the end of the day, after the last sausage roll has gone and the bunting is coming down, keep your Big ‘Jubilee’ Lunch day alive by lending and borrowing throughout the year. Create a lending circle for your neighbourhood and get everyone, new friends and old to start pooling their assets for the common good.

Find out more about the Big ‘Jubilee’ Lunch ..


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