DON’T BUY IT .. BORROW IT!
This article has been written by Ecomodo, read on to find out what it’s all about.
The average power drill is only used for 12 minutes of its lifetime. The rest of the time it sits idly in a tool shed, waiting for its moment in the sun.
Just like the drill, a vast number of the products that we buy barely get used. A recent study by Gumtree found that each person in Britain hoards on average £581 worth of perfectly functional things that rarely see the light of day. Luckily, a new social enterprise –Ecomodo.com – makes it easy for everyone to make better use of the things we already collectively own.
Bringing communities together to share, Ecomodo simply enables individuals to lend or borrow those household goods that so often gather dust in cellars, sheds and lofts with their neighbours, friends and colleagues.
From lawnmowers to tents; golf clubs to awnings, Ecomodo enables users to list their items to lend and see what others have on offer. Items can be lent for free or lenders are able to charge for an item, and choose if they want to keep the fee or make a donation to charity. Lend goods, spaces or even skills; Ecomodo makes it easy for anyone to green their lifestyle.
Currently 30% of Ecomodo’s membership resides across London with 10% living in West London. And West London members have already added a number of great items to borrow including a ..
• Squash racquet and balls in Barnes
• Bouncy castle in Twickenham
• Gas BBQ near Murray Park, Hounslow
• Workmate in Brentford
• Birthing pool in Perivale
• Bass Amp in Northolt
• And a stepladder in Ruislip
As well as borrowing locally, Londoners are also using Ecomodo to gain access to the things they need whilst in others parts of the UK on holiday including kayaks, tents, travel cots and pushchairs.
Ecomodo has some clever features that help people feel more comfortable to share. Individuals can set up lending circles around any type of community (a street, neighbourhood, school, workplace, community group or club) and invite people to join and pool their assets. People can then use their circles to automatically control who can borrow their gear and choose to take a deposit or insurance for extra peace of mind. And just like Ebay, a feedback rating system checks that both parties are happy at the end of a lend.
A number of lending circles have already been started by residents across West London including: Pitshanger Neighbours, Northfield Neighbours and Brentford Recycling Action Group.
With only 10% of the things we buy getting used more than once a month means there’s a lot of stuff, lying around doing nothing. So put your spare stuff to good use and start lending and borrowing with your neighbours on Ecomodo.
It’s free to join!