The Furniture Re-use Network has rebranded to the Reuse Network.
The national reuse body also has a new website at reuse-network.org.uk. It has improved information, an enhanced Service Finder, a members’ area, and an impact calculator to show the value of a donation or of buying a piece of reusable furniture or electrical appliance.
The Reuse Network now also has a ‘widget’ which allows anyone to feature a simplified version of its Service Finder on their website. Developed with retailers and local councils in mind, it is also for any website where visitors would benefit from finding their local reuse charity.
The organisation has also launched a campaign called #Every2ndCounts to raise awareness of the daily work that the reuse sector does and its contribution to society and the environment.
Reuse Network chief executive Craig Anderson said that the organisation should do more to help the UK public understand how it works.
“We can do more to make the case that a vibrant and engaged reuse sector is one of the best ways to support people in need, create employment, and to better the environment,” he said.
“We are keen to articulate the benefits of reuse more clearly.
“Although the sector is busy tackling big challenges in their communities and facing ever greater scrutiny – we need to shout about this sector’s work – it needs to be recognised.
”In these politically and economically testing times, changing public behaviour will be a challenge but we will meet that challenge head on, getting to the heart of the matter to ensure that reuse is recognised both nationally and locally as a positive impact to society.”