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Scottish charity wins Furniture Reuse Network award

A Glasgow-based charity that provides reused items to homeless people starting up new homes has won an award from the Furniture Reuse Network (FRN).

Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee was one of the panel judges that weighed their decision on the social benefits of reuse over the evident environmental advantages.

Starter Packs Glasgow development manager Sarah Findlay said: We take in the latest household goods that are not furniture. This could include bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, mugs, tumblers, storage containers and pots and pans. They have to be in good condition, unstained and re-usable. We have a lot of donations from the business sector who want to get rid of surplus stock and the hotel chains who might have too many pillow cases.

We are over the moon that we have won this award and we have worked with 730 households over the year.

Findlay is hoping that similar schemes will catch on in England and Wales.
FRN founder Richard Featherstone said: This award is to celebrate reuse tackling poverty and worklessness while preventing good furniture going to landfill.

There is a link between social benefits and waste management which have not yet been fully explored but I predict this will be visible on the governments agenda before very long.

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