Place Category: Environment
London Re-use works to prevent good quality items from going to landfill or for incineration. We collect, repair and re-sell good quality furniture and white goods from homes and businesses. By diverting items from the waste stream and redeploying them in the circular (or re-use) economy we are creating benefits for the environment and our local communities.
Re-use is creating jobs and training opportunities in areas as diverse as furniture restoration, PAT testing and forklift truck driving. Our commercial services include office clearances and fit outs.
We provide high quality, low cost office furniture as individual pieces or high volumes of matching items. London Re-use Limited is the co-ordinater of the the London Re-use Network which comprises like-minded charities and social enterprises operating in, and committed to growing the re-use market.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_London-Reuse.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Divert reusable items from landfill
As a key part of the London Waste and Recycling Board’s (LWARB’s) remit to boost re-use levels across the capital, London Re-use remains committed to its mission to “divert re-usable items from landfill and incineration by creating collaborative and effective solutions with the public, private, and social sectors.”
We continue to provide a sustainable solution to the business, educational and community sectors for their redundant office furniture and equipment.
We aim to help our clients achieve the maximum social and environmental benefit in the most cost effective way possible, thereby supporting their CSR strategies.
We have been successful in our bids to provide collection services for companies such as Tesla Motors, Balfour Beatty, Diageo and Wates Construction.
In the past year we have focused our efforts on raising the profile of re-use within the construction industry, as this is an area which has seen huge growth in London. Many construction companies are now actively seeking to include Social Enterprises and SMEs in their supply chains, and we have been attending Meet the Buyers and similar events in order to showcase our services.
London Re-use has also been able to build on our successes within the university sector, further developing our University Halls Re-use Programme as well as increasing the tonnage of educational furniture collected for re-use. The Halls clearance programme allowed us to engage with a new initiative called F.O.R.K (the Federation of Rescued Kitchenware) set up by 4 University College London students as part of their Masters in Sustainable Development. This initiative has gone on to be selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2016 Award.
2) Raising the profile of re-use
The year 2015/2016 has been a year of real focus on marketing, engaging with close to 250 organisations, to raise the profile of re-use and to promote the benefits of extending the life of used, quality items. We have been guided in many respects by the SE Marketing Toolkit
London Re-use collected over 500 tonnes of redundant furniture and other items from large blue chip companies, small to medium size companies and educational facilities this year. This represents 151 organisations that demonstrated their commitment to reducing their impact on the environment by selecting our service as opposed to others and diverting their “waste” away from landfill. We have achieved close to a 90% re-use rate with only 10% being recycled.
The furniture collected to grow our stock has helped us provide much needed items to 207 customers through the year. The vast majority of these being start up and developing businesses, not for profit organisations and schools. Buying re-used furniture can result in savings of up to 75% compared to buying new. This allows our customers to retain far more of their much needed funding or income to deliver their services to their clients. Our buying customers this year include the British Red Cross, Media Trust, Camden Community Law Centre, Lighthouse Furniture Project (and SE Mark holder themselves), Help Young People Excel and Free the Children.
49 organisations responded to our offer of free bedding and linen (duvets, pillows, sheets, towels, blankets) crockery, cutlery, clothes etc. collected from University Halls of Residences over the summer. So far 29 organisations including homeless shelters, churches, charities and organisations supporting refugees in Calais have been able to collect and make use of these items. Some of the beneficiaries have been, NSPCC, Sense, Help the Refugees, St Mungo’s Hostels, Streams of Hope Foundation amongst many others.
3) Coordinating welfare scheme to provide furniture for those in need
London Re-use acts as the administrator and co-ordinator of a Notting Hill Housing Association run a welfare scheme whereby residents who have been assessed by their housing officers as having particular furniture needs are awarded up to £500 in vouchers to obtain items of used, quality furniture from the London Re-use Network of domestic furniture outlets.
London Re-use holds the budget allocated by Notting Hill Housing Association in advance and our supplying network partners invoice us when they have completed a transaction.
The year 2015/2016 has seen 57 individuals or families on benefits or low incomes being assisted through this programme. Without this support the beneficiaries would have had to purchase new items, which would have costed and estimated £44,244. Instead they have been able to access the re-used items at a total cost of only £14,841 a saving of 66%.
This programme allows our network partners to grow their businesses also many of which offer work placements and training opportunities to help people back into employment.
Having provided a collection service for Balfour Beatty, London Re-use has the opportunity to provide items for another one of its offices. We have been able to incorporate white goods into the quote which will be provided by another member of the London Re-use Network. These white goods include fridges, washing machines, microwaves which will have been tested and refurbished. Each order provides an opportunity for training.