More lending, less wasting - it makes all the difference

November 22 2019
More lending, less wasting - it makes all the difference

Step ladders, jump leads, a dehumidifier and a kayak paddle … these are just some of the items that south Bristol folk have been able to borrow, thanks to a Facebook lending page set up by a local mum.

Katherine Morgan was on maternity leave when she came up with idea for the ‘BS3 Lending Library’.

The environment agency worker wanted to create a group which encouraged people to be “less wasteful and more neighbourly”.

She also wanted it to be a space where people could offer help to others.

For example, one lady needed some ivy cutting back – group members were quick to respond to her calls and within moments, she had found a keen neighbour – with a hedge trimmer – to help out.

“It’s like fastest finger first – people really want to help,” says Katherine.

The group has been met with a “great response” since launching in May and has attracted over 670 members. BS4 residents are also welcomed to join.

Katherine says that it is a group built on trust and so far, everyone has had a positive experience.

“One of my favourite posts was a parent looking for waterproofs for her daughter who was doing Duke of Edinburgh. Straight away, she got all the kit needed and saved loads of money,” Katherine said.

Katherine went on maternity leave in January and was soon racking her brain about what to do in the spare moments when her newborn was sleeping.

“I needed to do something – I wanted to make a difference. I thought, how can I do my little bit and save things from landfill? I came up with idea for the group and told my husband, and he said, ‘why don’t you set it up then?’

“If ever I can do one thing to make a difference, it would to prevent us being a wasteful society.”

Through the page, Katherine also organised a clear-out weekend in September which saw dozens of residents listing free items to collect that may have otherwise gone to landfill.

To join the group, visit: bit.ly/bs3-lending-library.