To date, The VTL has been operating for 10 years, has over 2000 members and has hosted dozens of workshops.
Understanding the tremendous impact that equipment-lending libraries can have on our communities and environment, Chris (along with current lead designer, Kieran Wallace) embarked on a city-wide research project in 2013 to understand how to grow the circular economy in Vancouver Download the report here.
The research revealed a clear demand for more sharing. So, Chris conducted a series of pop-up lending libraries in Vancouver to pilot the concept of neighbourhood equipment-lending libraries.
These two sites have registered over 500 members, received over 200 pieces of donated equipment, hosted a series of workshops, and empowered the community to pursue new projects and hobbies.
Since then, we’ve embarked on a number of exciting developments, including a full architectural redesign, the development of our own member and inventory management system, and a full rebrand.
Our dream is that every community, no matter its size or location, has access to a Thingery that provides its members with the equipment they need to pursue their passions.