• Erin Binnie

Is society's addiction to convenience making us lonely?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Swap a drive or delivery for a walk and turn a lonely day into a happy one!

While we all enjoy ordering something online and having it delivered directly to our doorstep, we now know this convenience comes at a significant cost to our physical and mental health. 

In 2015, the US Surgeon General declared a call to action for walking as part of a national emergency to the obesity and health crisis. In 2018, the first-ever Minister of Loneliness was appointed in the UK. And just last weekend the Globe and Mail published an article about our "convenience crisis" https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-were-in-the-midst-of-a-convenience-crisis/ and cited the health problems associated with isolation and increased laziness as serious downsides of convenience. 

VOOMcart Founders. Tori Wright, Erin Binnie and Jimmy Rogers

The impact of having technology at our fingertips and connecting us to the world is that more and more people have fallen into an unhealthy solitude.  This is without even mentioning the environmental nightmare that has been created by the glut of packaging associated with online delivery.

For the VOOMcart team, understanding how important building tangible human networks is for our health has only served to bolster our dedication to bringing this walking innovation to life. However, to be honest, our true motivation has always been straightforward -- the joy of walking. We just loved leaving our cars at home, getting fit and connecting with people. The simple realization that errands were no longer a chore and instead got us out of the house and had become the best part of our day. Why would we want to keep something that powerful to ourselves?

We hope VOOMcart will help transform the way people navigate their cities and we love the perfect marriage of productivity and sustainability. Who doesn't love a win-win situation? Try it, Swap a drive or delivery for a walk and turn a lonely day into a happy one!


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