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.We're also going to try to have a community fridge to save food waste and a school uniform exchange rail because children grow so fast. These too are not about how much money you've got. They are for everyone who can use them, to reduce waste.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.