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ecomodo wins at the green awards 2010 ..

December 3, 2010 is very proud to announce that they picked up the Best Use of Online Media award in the Green awards 2010 last night. Despite being a start-up social enterprise, they have beaten national retailers and local authorities at a fantastic ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, London.

Ecomodo has a simple goal – to get communities lending and borrowing to make better use of the all the stuff we all have sitting idle, such as tools and party, sports and hobby equipment. Ecomodo took a 2 pronged approach to achieving this goal. They are building awareness of the concept to bring it into the public consciousness and drive uptake, and they have provided an online tool at to facilitate lending and borrowing transactions.

Lending and borrowing is good for people, pocket and planet. It encourages social engagement, saves people money and maximises the utility of the resources we already have. The carbon impact of people following their dreams, pursuing their interests and doing the boring jobs can be greatly reduced if people borrow instead of buying. The need for this is illustrated well by the amazing fact that the average drill is used for only 12 minutes in its lifetime. The total lifecycle impact from the collection of raw materials, manufacturing and distribution, to disposal is unacceptable when the purchaser was probably within a few metres of an idle drill in a neighbour’s shed.

Ecomodo is improving lives through social engagement and access to resources, and offering a brand new way of fundraising for good causes. This new service will play a part in changing the shape of our future economy. It will demonstrate that commercial viability and good can go hand in hand.

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder of Ecomodo said “Ecomodo stands apart from other online campaigns because it not only conveys a message, but also provides the capability to drive actions. It’s a practical tool which enables everybody to walk the walk.” In response to the award Meriel’s partner Tracy Currer said “It’s a real honour to be recognised by such an esteemed panel of judges from organisations including the WWF, The Carbon Trust, UNEP and Saatchi & Saatchi.”

Wayne Hemingway MBE, in handing out the award said, the judges chose Ecomodo because it is a genuinely useful, creative concept, exquisitely designed with great potential to drive change. He added “If you haven’t seen their website you must check it out”.

The Green Awards motto of ‘creativity in sustainability’ best explains their commitment towards recognising and rewarding the most creative and effective efforts to communicate green messages. The Awards also honoured Sir David Attenborough with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, for his commitment towards the cause of biodiversity presented by Sir Paul Judge President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Aside from the inspiration that is Sir David Attenborough, the night’s speakers gave an enlightening insight to an audience of sustainability, marketing and media professionals.

The Rt Hon Chris Huhne Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) gave a rousing speech on the eve of his visit to Cancun recognising that the challenges presented by climate change were no longer just the remit of governments but businesses had a joint role to play in finding inspiring solutions.

For photos see our facebook page

Watch Chris Huhne speech

Watch David Attenborough speech


finger’s crossed for next week ..

November 25, 2010

Woo-hoo!! Ecomodo has been shortlisted for ‘The Best use of Online Media’ Green Award and the winner is to be announced at a Gala Ceremony held next week at the Natural History Museum, London.

Launched in 2006 to critical acclaim, The Green Awards were set up to recognise and reward creative work that communicates the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainable development and ethical best practice in any sector and across any marketing discipline.

We are going up against some stiff competition from Sainsbury’s and Cape Farewell as well as some friends from The London Borough of Brent and the GLA.

During the ceremony, Sir David Attenborough CBE will be awarded the inaugural green ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his committed efforts to broaden public understanding of environmental issues. Meeting Sir David Attenborough would be an award in itself so it would be absolutely awesome if we come home with a Green Award too.

Click here to find the Shortlist for The Green Awards 2010 – oh and please wish us luck!!

ecomodo wins a green apple award ..

November 16, 2010

Yesterday at the Houses of Parliament, Ecomodo was awarded the prestigious ‘Green Apple Bronze Award’ for Best Environmental Practice in the Community.

Presented, this year, by Raleigh Addington, Operations Director for the charitable organisation ‘Tickets For Troops‘, Meriel and I felt very privileged to collect the award on behalf of our team and for Ecomodo to be recognised so early on for its achievements. We hope this is a great sign of great things to come.

From over 500 nominations, Ecomodo was selected for the award, alongside other diverse projects from large organisations in both public and private sector to small community projects and everything in between. The assortment of projects was overwhelming but all had one thing in common: to help do their bit for a greener tomorrow.

For 16 years, the International Green Apple Environment Awards have been run by The Green Organisation – an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. The Green Organisation is funded by membership and sponsorship, with valuable support from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Municipal Journal and several other professional bodies.

To see photos of the event check out our facebook page.

yippee .. we’re finalists :-)

October 25, 2010

Ecomodo has been unveiled as a finalist at the Startups Awards 2010 in the  Home-based Business of the Year category.

“Ecomodo’s place among the finalists of this year’s Startups Awards is testament to the company’s originality, flair and strong prospects for growth. With such strong competition, to have reached this stage is, in itself, a superb achievement,” says Sara Rizk, Editor,

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder, comments: “We’re delighted that we’ve been selected as a finalist in the StartupsUK awards. This endorses our approach of building a business which is sustainable in every sense of the word – a real social enterprise”.

The Startups Awards 2010, organised by, comprises of 13 categories, each showcasing the best new businesses in the UK. is the UK’s largest independent online resource for budding entrepreneurs and the Startups Awards is one of the leading events on the small business calendar.

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