We've all heard about the climate emergency. If we're going to do something about it, we all have to do our bit to reduce consumption, reduce waste, cut carbon emissions and be nice to our planet. But we're not all eco-warriors. Do we really want to live in a tent and revert to the good old dark ages? What can the rest of us actually do, here in the 21st century?
We have done some radical thinking. Why buy things you'll hardly ever use? You buy it, use it once, put it in the shed, and ten years later, when it's rusted up and useless, get rid of it. We can't go on like that. So we buy it, and lend it to you and lots of other people. It won't last for ever but at least it will get as much use as it can take before it needs to be disposed of. We charge you an annual membership fee and a small fee for each item we loan you. It will work out cheaper for you and save you getting all cluttered up. They call it a circular economy. It's run on a not-for-profit basis for the whole community by a group with a proper constitution.
It's for the whole community. It's not about how much money you've got. It's about saving carbon emissions, saving landfill, cutting waste, and reducing that pile of stuff filling up your shed.
Our start-up costs and first-year funding have been granted by our local Treverbyn Parish Council. We thank them for their enthusiasm and generosity, doing their own radical thinking and having the courage to back something new.
Your Community Needs You. We are looking for all sorts of help from all sorts of people. The more skills we can borrow, the more we can do for and with the community. The more things we have, the more we can lend out. The more money we can raise for ourselves, the less we need to beg from other organisations, and the more we can launch other ventures, such as repair workshops, swish events, fabric & textile workshops, upcycling groups or, well, other pieces of radical thinking. The more we can prove our bit of radical thinking actually works, the more we can encourage other people to set up similar things!
If you want to suggest something you'd like to borrow from us, please use the contact form below. We value your input!
If you are interested in volunteering in any category, please let us know with the contact form below and we'll discuss things with you. If you think you might have an item we need for our library, please let us know and we'll get in touch to find out more. If you run a local business who would like to sponsor us or donate items to loan, we'd love to talk to you. We'd also love to talk to any local business who can find us food for our community fridge project.
If you'd like to donate money, keep that thought while we get our brand new bank account up and running! We'll soon have a donations section on this web site, or our "proper" web site which will follow this one into the same web-space. We are a properly constituted group run on a not-for-profit basis so you can be sure your money will go to the good of the whole community.
To give you some sort of idea of the things we are looking for, here is our wish-list:
Day-to-Day: Sim-Free Mobile, Simple Lap-Top.
D.I.Y & Car.: Drill/Driver, Staple gun, Jigsaw, Reciprocating Saw, Palm Sander, Glue Gun, Mastic Gun, Small Electric Cement Mixer, Work Light, Dehumidifier, Step Ladder, Ladders, Drain Rods, Socket Set, Car Jack, Sat. Nav, Battery Charger.
Garden: Wheel Barrow, Mower, Strimmer, Hedge Cutter, Leaf Blower / Vac, Gazebo, Patio Chairs, Patio Table, Branch Lopper.
Cleaning: Wet/ Dry Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner, Pressure Washer, Steam Cleaner, Floor Polisher.
Home: Sewing Machine, Cake Tins (especially shaped ones).
Leisure & Activities: Tents, Camping Gear, Wetsuits, Metal Detector, Fishing Gear, Kayak, Scooter, Bicycle, BBQ, Camping Stove, Bunting, Marquee, Flags, Tables, Chairs.
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