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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!

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!

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

meet the shop-olutionaries ..

December 14, 2010

Joining Vintage Fair, Rag Trade and Rent you Rocks, Ecomodo is re-inventing the way we shop and changing our habits for good. Read our interview in this month’s issue of Red Magazine (January 2011) – Why buy when you can borrow? – I love that we appear under ‘retail therapy’

collaborative consumption – a new market ?

October 26, 2010

 

Collaborative consumption is a fledgling market traversing many sectors from transport, retail and banking to name a few.

At an event at Nesta last week, Rachel Botsman talked about her upcoming book “What’s mine is yours” and described collaborative consumption as falling into 3 distinct groups.

Product service systems Paying for the use of a product as opposed to owning it. (Streetcar, Whipcar, Barclays Cycle Hire, Liftshare, GoCarShare, Lovefilm, Whipbikes, ecomodo)

Redistribution markets redistributing used and pre-owned goods to someone who wants them (Freegle, Ebay, Big Wardrobe, JumbleAid, Lourish, Gumtree, Swishing)

Collaborative lifestyles The sharing swapping and bartering of time, space, skills and money (Zopa, Crashpadder, Landshare, Sponsume, ecomodo)

She outlined why the time is ripe for a market in sharing to flourish and illustrated 4 distinct trends:

  • Pressing unresolved environmental concerns
  • Global recession that has fundamentally shocked consumer behaviour
  • A renewed belief in the importance of community
  • A torrent of social technologies that enables scalability of services

Three years ago we also anticipated the convergence of these trends and they were one of the triggers that started us on our journey to build Ecomodo.

Understanding that the growth of social activity on the web would continue and act as an enabler, we realised we needed to find alternative ways to inspire and motivate people to change their behaviour.

Through user-centered research we indentified: the growing focus towards the environment; the increase in social values; and a move towards austerity appearing across different sectors within local communities. We choose to use these trends as an approach for a motivational model. From here, we developed the notion of lending for free, a fee or for charity as a way to reach diverse groups that can live geographically very close within our cities, towns and villages.

Other key topics from the talk were on the importance of brand and trust. Brand plays a critical role in the adoption of collaborative consumption services. Brand is the reason “hotels do not call themselves places for ‘bed sharing'”. Brand can provide trust through transparency and dialogue as well as weed of bad behaviour.

Interesting quotes from the talk.

6 of of 10 people in the UK do not know their neighbours names

80% of the things we own get used less than once a month

29 million cars in the UK sit not used for 23 hours of the day


See the Full video of the event at Nesta.

Further reading: Kevin Kelly (Wired Magazine) “Access is better than ownership

every budget has a silver lining ..

June 23, 2010

It’s tempting at budget time to jump straight to the calculators to work out what the effect is for your personal finances. Once you’ve done that, stand back take a broader look and you might see some new opportunities there. Here are 5 we’ve thought of ..

  1. From January 2011 people will buy less because of the VAT increase. An increase in demand for second hand goods is great news for people that use Freegle to get rid of stuff, for those who sell their unwanted things on eBay and for people who use Ecomodo to make money by lending out their seldom used stuff to people who prefer to borrow instead of buy.
    People who bring forward purchases to beat the VAT increase in January 2011 can use Ecomodo to lend out their new stuff, helping others less able to spend, and making back some of the purchase price.
    This renewed interest in the longevity of stuff will also drive a resurgence in repairing which can only be a good thing for the environment and jobs.
  2. Many families will have less disposable income. Don’t fret, it is easy to live a rich life without riches.
    Most families have stuff lying around which can help make up the shortfall through being sold or lent out, and friends, neighbours and colleagues probably have most of the skills, spaces and stuff they need to achieve their goals for far less money.
    Ecomodo can reveal these possibilities in a community.
  3. Charities and other good causes will find it harder to convince people to part with their hard earned cash.
    There is an ever increasing set of innovative ways to continue to donate without taking money out of your pocket. Charities can raise funds from entirely new sources such as web searching, exchanging currencies and community resource lending.
  4. With pay freezes and the national insurance increase, morale in communities and workplaces will be low. People will feel blue. But there are some reasons to feel good.
    Times like these make us find other ways to achieve our goals by making better use of the resources around us. If that ends up bringing communities together and reducing our environmental impact that is a good thing.
  5. Budget cuts across Government departments are likely to impact environmental and social projects. The onus moves to communities and citizens to work together to make a difference creating the Big Society. Will the emergency budget really kick start Big Society?

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder of Ecomodo believes strongly in society’s ability to adapt. “The rise in social enterprise and community focus places everyone in good stead for the years ahead. Society and attitudes will need to change… but for the good. Good for pocket, good for planet and good for people“.

Come and join Ecomodo today .. www.ecomodo.com

horray .. we’re live !

April 1, 2010

Today is a red-letter day. Ecomodo has gone live. So here’s a little bit about what we’re about the marketplace of good returns

Ecomodo is an online service that enables people to lend and borrow each other’s everyday objects, skills and spaces with confidence. They can do this for free, for a fee or for charity. Ecomodo facilitates the transaction to make good returns for all.

Ecomodo enriches a local community by enabling people to ..

  • Make and save money : Earn money by lending the assets already owned. Save hard earned cash by borrowing the things not needed often.
  • Do a good turn : Donate proceeds to a favourite good cause or simply help the people around by sharing assets.
  • Lend and borrow confidently : Control who can borrow items by joining or creating trusted lending circles. Choose insurance or deposits for extra peace of mind.
  • Live a richer life : Gain access to the things needed to follow dreams, pursue interests and do the boring jobs more quickly.
  • Be green : Reduce collective effect on the environment by pooling resources.

Join the marketplace of good returns at www.ecomodo.com

Invite people and pool your resources ..

Get the most out of Ecomodo by pooling your assets. Create a circle for your street, village, town, workplace, charity, club, school, PTA, university, faith centre, hospital, coffee shop, interest group, local action group or evenwith the people you meet whilst walking your dog! Use your circles of trust to control who can borrow your items. Find out more about circles ..

Register your charity or good cause  ..

If you run a charity or not-for profit group, register it as a good cause on Ecomodo to let our members donate their earnings to you. Create a circle to promote your good cause and help your staff, volunteers and members by pooling the assets they have. Register your good cause for free.

So, whether you are an individual, charity, community group, school, or any other public or private organization find out how you can get involved.

Not sure what to lend ? Get inspired |  Need to borrow something ? Post a wanted ad |  Learn more about ecomodo

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