The Library of Things in Brighton & Hove has made a significant impact on reducing waste and carbon emissions in its first year of operation. By borrowing items such as drills, saws, carpet cleaners, and projectors instead of buying them, residents have not only saved money but also prevented tonnes of waste from going to landfill.
The Library of Things in Brighton & Hove celebrates its one-year anniversary of renting out items to help with DIY, cleaning, and gardening. This community-powered social enterprise has already prevented 2.2 tonnes of waste and 4.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Library of Things offers a wide range of items for borrowing, with the most popular being the carpet cleaner, cordless drill, wet and dry vacuum, steam cleaner, sander, hedge trimmer, and strimmer. By borrowing these items instead of purchasing them, residents have saved themselves over £11,000.
Lucy Ventura, from the Library of Things, expressed her gratitude to the community for making a difference one borrow at a time. She emphasized the importance of building a greener and cleaner future together.
Councillor Tim Rowkins, chair of the City Environment, South Downs & The Sea Committee, commended the community initiative for providing a practical service during the cost-of-living crisis. He highlighted the dual benefits of minimizing waste and saving money by borrowing useful items for home projects.
To borrow items from the Library of Things, residents can reserve them online and collect them from the refurbished electricals shop, Revaluit, located at 12 Pavilion Buildings in Brighton. There is a one-off membership fee of just £2, and the rental costs range from £3.50 a day to £25, depending on the item.
In conclusion, the Library of Things in Brighton & Hove has proven to be a successful initiative in reducing waste, carbon emissions, and expenses. By borrowing instead of buying, residents can contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future while also saving money.