Eco Action

Equipment Sharing Scheme

In many homes there is equipment which is useful, but infrequently used. In various ways, it costs the planet to produce it. Equipment sharing reduces unnecessary demand for new and similar equipment; even on a small scale, it is both eco-friendly and people-friendly!

Household/leisure items which our church members offer to lend free of charge to other members are listed below. To borrow an item, contact the scheme manager, who will put you in touch with the appropriate lender. Lenders can apply minimal appropriate restrictions, such as those associated with the Covid pandemic.

Offers of further items are welcome! Please send details and contact information to the scheme manager - David Booth (667 0582; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Black & Decker drill

Extension ladder

High stepladder

Pasting table

Wallpaper brushes, rollers, scrapers




Camping equipment:

One-person tent


Single & double lilos

Folding bed


Car equipment:

Child car seats

Child booster seats

Socket set

Steering wheel lock

Garden equipment:


Electric strimmer

Electric leaf collector


Freezer space

Large polystyrene cool boxes 

Sewing machine

Slide projector & screen


With increasing interest and concern for environmental issues, there are many books and links available.   Although this list is, therefore, in no way comprehensive, here are some suggestions which are recommended by the Eco Group.  
There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee:  readable, informative and constructive.
The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells: comprehensive if rather forbidding The Washington Post called it this generation's Silent Spring'
Riders on the Storm by Alastair McIntosh:  Outstanding , combining science, politics and spirituality.  Google also Alastair McIntosh's home page or see Jonathan Rowson's review on YouTube.
My Life on our Planet  David Attenborough  Very readable

These can be borrowed by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2 Make a positive decision to avoid commercial greetings cards;   use electronic ones or make your own.
3 Calculate your carbon footprint. See or other sites.
4 Switch off lights, power supplies or modems when not in use.
5 Carry out an inventory of your clothes- can you recycle, upcycle? 
6 Count up how much plastic you have used this week. 

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


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