Build Community, Save Cash and Reduce Waste: the New Sharing Economy
On a single planet with seven billion people, we simply don’t have the raw materials for everyone to own one of everything. Enter Collaborative Consumption, the hot new eco-term for something we all learned to do a long time ago: Share.
There are many ways you're already sharing if you've ever shopped at a local thrift store, traded on craigslist, checked out a book at the library, or just borrowed a ladder from your neighbor. But thanks to social networking technologies, a rising need for community, environmental consciousness and old-fashioned frugalism, sharing is taking off in a new way and redefining our consumption-driven economy.
There are tons of services and sites out there to help you share, lend, barter, discover, connect and more. Here is a pretty good list of our favorites. Find even more at the Collaborative Consumption website. Enjoy and let us know if you find more great tools and sites.
And of course, share what you find with your friends!
Your public library: Still a great place to borrow books, DVDs, CDs and more
ReSource Tool Library: Hand, electric and gas powered tools as well as classes
B-Cycles: Rental bikes in and around Boulder and Denver
eGo Car Share: For Boulder and Denver, including CU
craigslist: Online local classfieds for items, jobs and more
Tour de Thrift: Guide to secondhand stores in Boulder and Longmont
Clothes, Accessories and Fashion
thredUP: Secondhand Clothes. Firsthand fun
SwapStyle: Clothes and shoes from around the world
I-ELLA: Buy, swap, sell or rent high end fashions
Bigwardrobe: Swap, exchange or buy unlimited fashions
Patagonia Worn Wear: Buy or trade in reusable Patagonia clothing
Bag Borrow or Steal: Rent handbags, jewelry and more for a week or a season
Dig N Swap: Swap fashionable clothing and accessories
Rent the Runway: Dresses and accessories for rent
turningArt: Try out, rent or even buy independent art
Artsicle: Rent, exchange or purchase art
Books (and textbooks), DVDs and Games
PaperBackSwap: Trade paperbacks, audio books, textbooks, hardcover books and more
eBookFling: Trade audio ebooks for Kindle and Nook
Chegg: Buy, sell and rent textbooks
CampusBookRentals: Buy, sell and rent textbooks
BookRenter: Rent textbooks
CollegeBookRenter: Rent and sell textbooks
ConsumerAffiars: Lists textbook rental companies and reviews
GaBoom: Trade and swap games
Pleygo: A "Netflix" like services for Legos for kids of all ages
Anything & Everything
yerdle: Share stuff with friends using your social networks
Zaarly: Buy and sell what you need from people around you
Couchsurfing: Find or post a place to stay or a local experience
Airbnb: Find a place to stay or rent out extra space worldwide
Swap: Post, browse and trade just about anything
Hey, Neighbor!: Connect with neighbors to ask a favor, lend a hand, share news, or share, buy or sell nearby
NeighborGoods: Share stuff with neighbors and friends in your area
Skillshare: Learn from experts in your community and share your own knowledge and skills
Uniiverse: Platform for all collaborative living activities
Visit the Collaborative Consumption website for more programs and ideas.
For Stylishly Sustainable Events including
• Corporate events
• Fundraising galas
• Weddings and Commitment ceremonies
• Social events and celebrations
Eco-Celebrations is a Zero Waste service that turns any black tie event into an elegant green tie event. At an Eco-Celebration, our experienced staff takes care of all the details to ensure a seamless sustainable event. We service celebrations anywhere from 50 to 1000 attendees, and all the event materials are either reusable, compostable, or recyclable.
Eco-Cycle will manage everything, including:
- Zero Waste planning with you, event planners and caterers from start to finish
- On the day of your event, setting up elegant stations for composting and recycling
- Formally attired staff assisting guests and staff for the duration of your gathering
- A detailed report of the environmental benefits of your Zero Waste event
What people are saying about Eco-Celebrations
“Eco-Celebrations brings an elegant sustainable solution for anyone planning an upscale event. The beautifully designed Zero Waste stations were a hit at a recent event at the Rembrandt Yard.”
— Sara Mahle, The Rembrandt Yard
“In 2005, A Spice of Life became Colorado's first catering company to go Zero Waste. Eco-Cycle was instrumental in helping us achieve that goal and has been a valuable partner ever since. Through Eco-Cycle's products and programs, we have been able to not only implement Zero Waste practices in our internal operations, but have also been able to bring Zero Waste practices to 100% of the clients for whom we cater. Customers are amazed at the ease and affordability of hosting "green" events. Eco-Cycle's latest endeavor, Eco-Celebrations, seeks to further expand the accessibility of Zero Waste events. By offering their expertise and product line to all event planners, party designers and caterers the general public will be able to easily offer stylishly sustainable events.”
— Dan Bruckner, A Spice of Life Catering Services
Schedule your stylishly sustainable event today.
Call Eco-Cycle at 303-444-6634 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Zero Waste Station Rental
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Stations include three collapsible bins and a bag for each -- one for the landfill, one for recycling, and one for collecting compostable material. We recommend renting one Zero Waste Station per 150 guests. Zero Waste Stations are $12 each and include one set of bags. Purchase additional bags for $3.50 for a set.
Call if you are unsure what to order: (303) 444-6634
Eco-Cycle's Large Zero Waste Event Services
Eco-Cycle's Large Zero Waste Event Services are designed for large-scale events of at least 1000 people, such as town festivals. We are only able to serve events in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Hosting a Zero Waste event is a fantastic opportunity to educate the public about Zero Waste and to demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable future.
A Zero Waste event is not accomplished by merely adding recycling and compost bins. The key to a Zero Waste event is careful planning so that all materials used and discarded are reusable, recyclable, and compostable. By incorporating Zero Waste into the beginning stages of your event, it becomes quite easy to achieve this fundamental change in resource consumption. Since no trash is distributed at the event, trash cans can be removed and replaced with Zero Waste stations, which consist of a recycling and a compost container. Zero Waste events are also educational opportunities where attendees can experience a microcosm of a world without waste.
It is imperative to commit to making an event Zero Waste early in the planning process. All vendors and event participants distributing materials must participate in Zero Waste. Eco-Cycle will provide a sample contract that must be included in all event application materials and returned by all vendors. This advance planning ensures that only recyclable and compostable materials will be distributed at your event. Eco-Cycle staff is available to consult with event planners for ease in Zero Waste event planning.
Becoming a Zero Waste event requires a financial commitment as well. The average cost for full Eco-Cycle Zero Waste Event Services ranges from $800 - $1,200 for a one-day, large-scale festival.
On event day, Eco-Cycle will provide Zero Waste stations throughout the event for public use, as well as private Zero Waste stations for vendor use. We generally provide collection of recyclables and compostable materials. Event organizers typically provide service for any trash generated during the event. These details are negotiable.
After the event, Eco-Cycle will provide event planners with a diversion rate--the percentage of materials that were recycled or composted instead of landfilled. Boulder County events have diverted as much as 98% of event discards. We will also provide a template letter to the editor you can use to help draw attention to the commitment and success of your Zero Waste event.
If you are an event planner interested in Zero Waste, please complete our Zero Waste Event interest form. You will hear back from Eco-Cycle within three business days.
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Event Kit
NOTICE: We have discontinued our Zero Waste Event Kit / compostable party supplies as of Dec. 16, 2016, but you can buy these supplies elsewhere! See below.
Why are we discontinuing this product?
We started selling our Zero Waste Party Kit, which is part of our larger Zero Waste Event services, back in 2005, when certified compostable products were hard to come by. Today, there can be many options for purchasing compostable products, depending on where you live.
Other Places to Buy Certified Compostable Products:
McGuckins Hardware, Boulder
eTundra Restaurant Supply
some local health food stores
Which products are safe for composting?
Be sure to purchase products that are CERTIFIED compostable. Products that are not certified by BPI World (Biodegradable Products Institute) may contain petroleum-based plastic, which can contribute to soil pollution.
Avoid confusion -- click here for Eco-Cycle's “Is it Compostable?” guide!
Reuse Beats Composting
We also want to encourage using reusable dishware whenever possible; energy and resources are used to make and transport disposable products, even compostable ones.
- Find inexpensive reusable dishes at local thrift stores, or purchase glass jars to use as cups that could be repurposed as vases or food and drink containers after the event.
- Check out our friends at BrightHeart Productions, a local business that provides party decoration rentals.
Thank you for making your parties green and supporting our efforts to build a Zero Waste Community!