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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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