The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) has claimed that its members have helped low-income families to save more than £350m annually through its reuse schemes.
Delegates at the FRN Conference, left, said the reuse sector can help families to avoid mounting debts and resorting to pay-day loans.
The charity claimed that its members are reusing 110,000 tonnes of unwanted items a year, which is equivalent in weight to two HMS Titanics.
The FRN offers a number of waste solutions for councils, and has supported its members in taking on bulky waste contracts for redistribution.
Major furniture retailers such as John Lewis, Dixons, Furniture Village, Next and IKEA are also using the services of the network to reduce their waste disposal costs while supplying furniture to those who cannot afford new purchases.
FRN chief executive Craig Anderson said: “The conference really highlighted the impact that the relatively small FRN team has had in changing the social, economic and environmental landscape for the sector – be it changing ministers’ opinions on welfare budget cuts or being directly responsible for supplying more than £12m-worth of product in the past 12 months.”