our impact

A Thingery site creates a safe and vibrant space within each of the communities it serves.

We believe that now is the time to invest in the public infrastructure of the future — infrastructure that helps communities become more resilient and lowers their ecological footprint.

A key aspect of our mission is to to reduce the production of material waste through supporting the development and operations of neighborhood equipment-lending libraries.

Equipment libraries play an active and increasing role in lowering an individual's ecological footprint through diverting equipment from the landfill and decreasing the need for individuals to purchase new equipment.

how we measure our impact

In the summer of 2018, The Thingery worked with a team of researchers from Simon Fraser University to define and measure our impact in the areas of ecological footprint reduction, social connectivity, access and affordability, and emergency preparedness.

We continue to use and update the metrics prepared by the research team.

steps to calculating impact

example - borrowing a projector

Inventory & Membership Management Software

Metrics from our inventory system provide us with important data around the usage of items and track donated vs purchased items. Looking at our inventory and membership management software we can see that our projector has been taken out 16 times by 12 members.

12 Members

Annual Survey of Users

We combine the information from the inventory system with the results from our annual survey of users. This helps us understand important assumptions such as diversion rates and consumption offset rates. Pulling from our annual survey of members we see that 15% of members reported that they would have gone out to buy an item were it not available to borrow from The Thingery. We call this our “Consumption Offset” rate.

15% offset

Inventory Database

Finally, we combine the previously mentioned information with a database from the Fixometer. This database helps us produce real GHG and Waste (kg) offset figures. From this data set we can see that there is 57 kg of GHGs resulting from the production of this product.

57 kg of GHGs

Now we take the members who borrowed the projector (12) x the percent that would have purchased instead of borrowing (15%) x the kg of GHGs produced in the production of the item (57kg) = 102.6 kg of GHG offset for that item.

12 x 15% x 57(kg) = 102.6 kg of GHG offset

A Thingery helps create more resilient communities by reducing a person’s ecological footprint, lowering barriers to accessing equipment, strengthening social connections, and assisting in emergency preparedness.

Looking at data and research from the previous three years, we know our model is having real impact in the communities we serve.



of equipment donors would have thrown their equipment away if The Thingery wasn’t available


of respondents reported they would have bought new equipment if it weren’t for The Thingery


of respondents reported to be buying less stuff because of The Thingery

social connectivity


of members see The Thingery as a way to build stronger social connections in their communities


of members say a Thingery makes accessing equipment easier

Emergency Preparedness


of respondents don’t have a plan in the event of a major emergency


of respondents say The Thingery could be a part of their plan


of respondents say access to The Thingery workshops would empower them to create a plan

Inclusion & Affordability


of respondents say they wouldn’t have accessed the equipment they needed without The Thingery


are completing new projects because of their access to The Thingery’s equipment

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"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.”