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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!

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.


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