Ecomodo is a “rather a cool idea” according to Stephen Fry. Who are we to disagree? From humble beginnings in Guernsey, the new marketplace of good returns is picking up new members across the British Isles. Ecomodo is a website which lets people lend and borrow everyday objects, e.g. tents, tools, portable hobs; skills, e.g. mending bikes, IT, gardening; and spaces e.g. greenhouse, storage space, community hall. Lenders can choose to lend for free, to earn some money or to fundraise for a good cause. They can control who can request their items by setting up or joining circles around real world communities such as workplaces, school PTAs, environmental groups and clubs, and they can get extra peace of mind by asking for deposits and insurance cover. Borrowers come to the site to save money, get something they need quickly and easily, or simply to reduce the amount of stuff they buy for irregular needs such as parties, visitors and DIY jobs.
It’s free to join and add items to lend – and by joining you will be notified of things to borrow and stuff people want locally.
The founders’ goal is to reduce consumption in a positive way. They want to reduce communities collective effect on the environment whilst creating new opportunities for people to follow their dreams, pursue their interests and do the boring jobs quicker and for less money.
Ecomodo has the makings of a social, environmental and consumer revolution. Help them build critical mass. Join up at http://www.ecomodo.com