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OK, the concept of timeshare has been around for some time but now we are seeing an interesting expansion of this idea into many other assets. Cars, boats, cottages, even planes are coming into the frame.

You save money on the original purchase and maintenance costs and buy into something you may not have been able to afford before. How many times have you noticed your neighbour buy a brand new car only to leave outside their house untouched except for the weekly shopping trip.

Sharing can be tricky but there are websites out there designed to guide you through this process and they of course have plenty of people putting forward proposals to share something that they own.

Try; yours2share and Fractional Ownership.

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WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

Check out the links below;

Working with Consumers

Recycling in the Garden

Working with Schools


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Car sharing. You’ve heard of it but probably never found it! At least not on an organised level. Look no more as liftshare have a national database in the UK that you can tap into.

They say, ‘Before liftshare was founded in 1997, car sharing was almost unheard of in the UK. Since then, through our continuous campaigning at both grass root and government levels, the concept of a national car-sharing database has now become a reality. In 2006 we launched a series of new services under the new BUDi branding. These include BikeBUDi, WalkBUDi, TaxiBUDi and TravelBUDi.’

Check out the above link to get started.

Liftshare recently won a Business in the Community Award too. They have some interesting ‘live’ stats here such as ‘estimated number of tonnes of CO2 saved per year: 13,039 tonnes’.

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OK, we all know about recycling. In fact most of us have factored it into our routine of daily/weekly jobs. Even the concept of reusing things more and in different ways (eg. plastic bags) has caught on. It’s the reduce element of the equation that can be a little bit trickier.

We moan that supermarkets aren’t giving us the loose fruit/vege option enough any more and they say that’s because customers want their fruit and vege nicely packaged. Of course we know that supermarkets are simply ripping us off by doing this.

Out there in business land there are however some business people that are taking the issue of biodegradable packaging more seriously (eg. corn starch) and even the option of reducing a product’s packaging.

There are even workshops out there for businesses to attend. This came via my email box;

Dear Sir/Madam,

Envirowise provides support and advice to help UK businesses introduce cleaner design to their product and packaging ranges. We have found that the most effective and interesting approach to sharing design ideas is through interactive, practical workshop sessions. For this reason, Envirowise is hosting a small product design workshop on 19th July 2007 at Hilton Kensington, London, to provide legislative updates and identify opportunities for design changes.

The day will include a series of presentations in the morning with an update on both existing and future legislation, cleaner design principles for both product and packaging and WEEE products from a recyclers view. In the afternoon, a practical product design session will take place to examine delegates’ own products and to identify redesign opportunities. There will also be an XRF machine available for free testing of products for RoHS compliance.

To get the most out of the workshop, please bring at least one of your products – ideally in its packaging – which can be disassembled and analysed on the day. Envirowise has already identified £10 000s of savings for companies by redesign at other workshops around the country.

What fun! Well, I’m sure it is for product packaging designers. 🙂

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