Amy
Croucher

Project: A Library of Things

Often described as having infectious energy, Amy is highly motivated to get things done! During the week she works in sustainability, with a particular interest in waste prevention through sharing and reuse. 

In her personal time she volunteers for not for profit projects, including bush care, environmental education, community owned renewables, and most recently has founded the Inner West Tool Library Sydney. She is exploring how the sharing library concept can expand on a more sustainable scale, to have a greater impact on reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Having lived in a number of countries and being involved in different fields of work, Amy appreciates the diversity and expertise of people. She loves connecting with engaged communities and thrives on seeing connections made and the amazing ideas, projects and collaborations that result. 

Amy has previously worked in travel and loves exploring the world and learning from different cultures. With a huge passion for sustainability she decided to change careers and has never looked back.

PROJECT

The Inner West Tool Library (IWTL) opened in January 2019. It is a not for profit, 100% volunteer run community organisation set up to allow residents to access hundreds of tools and useful things you only use once or twice a year. The library includes power tools, garden maintenance items, cleaning equipment, specialty kitchen items, party supplies, sporting goods and outdoor adventure gear. 

I started the IWTL with the goal to give resources multiple lives, when often they are bought, shelved and used only once or twice. This reduces waste to landfill while educating the community on how they can reuse, repair and share. The ethos of the IWTL is bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to reduce consumption, save money and build a more connected and resilient community. Since launching in January we have exceeded our expectations - with 150 members, 200+ donated tools and items, over 600 completed loans and a highly engaged and supportive community. We have saved members on average over $500 each from being able to borrow tools and equipment rather than buying them. We’ve rescued a potential 1.5 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Sharing resources is based on economic efficiency. Many things are underutilised, sitting in the cupboards or sheds gathering dust. Sharing them can unlock their real value. My project is exploring how the sharing library concept can expand on a more sustainable scale to have a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our increasingly built up cities.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

Sydney is a beautiful and vibrant city but still very transient. Meeting your neighbours is harder than ever. I want to create a place that everyone can access, to come and borrow things they need, meet others in the community and chat about their projects.

Seeing the social and environmental impact that the Inner West Tool Library (IWTL) has had in such a short time has inspired me to continue working in ways that reduces need for new materials to be taken from the planet. There are enough ‘things’ in this world already– let's share the things that already exist.

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