Emmaus Bristol Take on the Pop-Up
When Jess from Emmaus Bristol mentioned that they had opened a pop-up shop I (Bex Jones) immediately had a million and one questions about the whole venture so I sent a selection of questions her way (lucky for Jess - and you dear readers - I whittled them down to 6).
This time next week, the FRN team will be shouting 're-use' from the rooftop at the RWM Exhibition and they will be accompanied by 'Lucky' the Sofa. Not just any sofa though, this sofa has a story to tell and she's not called Lucky for nothing...
JUST CALL ME LUCKY
(As told by Lucky to Martin from Total Reuse who wrote it all down - word for word)
Back in the '60s I was all the rage. Everyone wanted a sofa bed. We were the perfect solution for the people moving into high rise blocks of flats that were popping up in every town and city. They were small and cramped and didn’t offer much space for overnight visitors. But then along we came, sofa beds: sofa during the day and a bed at night.
So when does Corporate Social Responsibility become Corporate Social Irresponsibility?
I’ll try to answer that question later…
I left the UK bound for New York as the sun rose on the day my country decided to leave the EU. After looking forward to this trip for so long, being very excited to talk to and visit re-use organisations in the USA; it all changed as I boarded that plane.
The Furniture Re-use Network Members Certificate Competition 2016
This year we asked members to take a photograph of their team. Their photo had to feature their FRN member’s certificate. We asked that these photos either represent the fantastic work that they do, or (or 'and') that they take it as an opportunity to celebrate their team of wonderful individuals. Their photo could be serious or silly, insightful or quirky, realistic or metaphorical. The winner gets one full delegate space at the FRN Annual Conference 2017 for FREE! winner to be announced tomorrow - Friday 5th August. Good luck!
Today (Friday 24th June) has been deemed National Upcycling Day by Gumtree who are eager to encourage the sharing, re-use and upcycling of furniture and other items. But for the Furniture Re-use Network members upcycing means so much more than a fun project to embark upon.
The First of it’s Kind - FRN Joins their international counterparts at Furnirec 2015 – The first International Recycling Congress. Lesley Wilcox speaks on FRN Take Back Schemes.
Once again, France lights the way to dramatically cut down on waste. Introduced in 2013, the ‘Eco-Tax’ is added to new furniture enforcing producer responsibility. This tax is used to finance and improve the recycling of used furniture.
The recent FRN conference has highlighted and strengthened the resolve of social economy reuse operators across the UK to combat social inequalities with tried, tested and new partnerships - so that reuse for social profit stands out as leading the way for a fairer and more equal society within the emerging circular economy.
The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is extremely concerned about the future loss of local welfare assistance provision, because:
The Department of Work & Pensions; local authorities; charities; and front-line services have no idea of the scale of unrecorded need of in-crisis households in England, and the demand this is placing on voluntary sector organisations and referral agencies.
- From a survey of FRN members in April 2014, approximately 348,000 in-crisis households have tried to obtain support from 250 FRN member organisations to get access to low-cost – often free - essential household goods (e.g. beds). Not all have been successful. This situation will be exacerbated post April 2015 if funding is not reinstated. Over 60% of these members are now providing food parcels on a consistent basis. They are not part of The Trussell Trust network of food banks.
- Most member organisations have now received suicide awareness training from Clinical Commissioning Groups in order to identify suicide risk factors and early indicators, which people in crisis are likely to exhibit. Furniture re-use charities are disappearing from deprived local communities, because the level of demand for waste and welfare solutions from local authorities has increased at a time when core funding support has been slashed.
- Furniture re-use charities are subsidising the State in its duty of care to support people in crisis, with an unsustainable business model that relies on repeat funding applications for a dwindling pot of money.
- People in crisis are turning to payday and door-step lenders in order to finance day-to-day living and to buy essential goods that the local authority cannot afford to support, or because the household fails to meet the authority’s eligibility criteria.