Could your unwanted sofa help reduce poverty?

You may not want that old sofa any more but it could be ideal for a household in need.  If you've just upgraded your fridge (to a AAA rated one I hope!) don't let the delivery men take it away. White goods and other household items are also on the wanted list.

Furniture Re-use Network (FRN)

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is the body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. The aim is to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices.  They also support re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.

Re-use organisations vary in size from small local charities to large social enterprises.  Approximately 400 re-use organisations work with social and environmental aims across the UK . Some are attached to housing associations, development trusts and councils for voluntary service. By donating your sofa to the cause you aren't just providing a comfy seat, you are helping create a home. The benefits of having a comfortable home can help someone rebuild their confidence and reshape their life.

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The FRN can also reprocess electrical items in line with Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. With many electrical goods being thrown away as they are often cheaper to replace than repair nowadays this means the environment benefits too.

Facts and figures

The FRN website states that every year the sector:

  • Helps around 750,000 low income households
  • Saves low income households £330million
  • Reuses 2.6 million items of furniture and electrical equipment
  • Diverts 90,000 tonnes of waste from landfill
  • Saves over 100,000 tonnes of CO2

Find out more

If you want to make a difference in this small but growing area, visit the FRN website.


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