Posts Tagged ‘green living’

be the start of a nation that shares ..

May 29, 2013

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#DAY 29: We are so proud to be part of Be the Start and today is Ecomodo day! From lovely people at Start Be the Start is a campaign that celebrates living well & doing good by encouraging each of us to start something amazing this May 2013.  Over the past month we have been collecting a whole bunch of items (with little stories) to spark your imagination around what you can share on ecomodo.com.

Celebrate today and start sharing! Follow these 3 simple steps to be the start of a nation that shares ..

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1. Sign up .. it’s free to join!

Once registered we will keep you updated of new items to borrow and wanted ads near you. And choose to create a lending circle for your ‘hood.

2. Add items to lend to inspire others to share

Using Ecomodo.com you can choose to lend your items for free, for a fee to keep yourself or to donate your earnings to charity. Opt for deposits & insurance for extra peace of mind. Not sure what to lend? Get inspired

3. Tell a friend ..

Invite your friends, neighbours & work colleagues to join ecomodo. And if you’re having a Big Lunch this Sunday .. invite your fellow lunchers too!

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A bit about .. be the start!

With the help of an army of businesses and organisations across the country (M&S, Waitrose, B&Q and Ecomodo to name but a few), Be the Start is all about celebrating how living sustainably is a extremely meaningful and rewarding way to live. The aim is to help every single person in the UK discover how we can each make a unique and important contribution to a more sustainable and all-round lovelier Britain.

Check out Start’s Pinterest boards for a wealth of ideas about how to live sustainably. Be the start you want to see in the world!

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living green ..

April 19, 2013

The Williams family living in Stanford in the Vale are one of the 150 pioneering households that have transformed their old house into an eco home through the SuperHomes project. As part of their shift to live more sustainably they are using Ecomodo to share all sorts of items and inspiring neighbours and local community groups to do the same through a number of lending circles they have set up.

The family recently hosted their first SuperHome Open Day and we wanted to share their video with you as its chock-a-block full of great eco features around their home and information. Enjoy!

sharing our prized possessions ..

April 4, 2013

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“As Leonard Nimoy famously quoted: “The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have”. Through the kind act of lending and borrowing, we can enrich our communities; creating strong friendships within neighbourhoods and a greater sense of self worth ..” Read on

This opening paragraph is the start of a fantastic article written about Ecomodo by the lovely people at Inspired Times. Inspired Times is an uplifting magazine magazine that explores the latest environmental issues and initiatives and celebrates holistic living.

It’s well worth a look so check out the rest of their Spring 2013 issue.

love lending, live more! competition ..

September 12, 2012

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.

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.

start@kew gardens ..

September 4, 2011

 

Last week, I spent a fabulous five days at Kew Gardens, hosted by our friends from Start, a great initiative to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives. Though a little rainy over the first fews days, I had the opportunity to talk to lots of wonderful people and the phrase that most sticks in my head as a response about Ecomodo was: “That makes perfect sense”.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our friends from Start for all their support, as well as share some of the other fantastic initiatives that were hosted over the days at Kew. Here’s some of our favourites with great ideas to start doing things differently today!

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Project Dirt is a great initiative that connects local people around local green projects.

The DoNation is all about sponsorship, with a twist and enables you to replace cash with action.

Eco-Trumps is a game for all ages that entertains while educating players on environmental issues.

MorsBags is – social, guerilla, bagging – by reusing old fabric to make new bags.

Cool it Schools enabling young people to share creative ideas and practical solutions to environmental problems.

Other organisations we loved at Start@Kew and definitely worth checking out are: Onya bags, Joju Solar, Embercombe, StreetCar, Thrifty Couture and the Soil Association’s Bee Happy Plants initiative.

images borrowed from: Murray Freestone courtesy of Start.

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.

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.

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.

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 🙂


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