Campaign to reuse furniture

A furniture installation made of recycled furniture went on the show this week as part of a campaign to boost furniture reuse in London.

London Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) teamed up with the television interior designer Oliver Heath to create the installation displayed at Spitalfields on Wednesday, June 13 as part of its Reuse not Refuse campaign.

Mr Heath said: “By working with London FRN to design this exciting furniture installation and supporting the Reuse not Refuse campaign.

“I hope we engage London to further the message of furniture reuse, enabling it to become a mainstay of London life.

“If Londoners become aware of the great pieces out there for their homes and are clear on the message that they are diverting furniture from landfill, they will reduce their impact on climate change significantly.”

The campaign is aimed at persuading people not to discard unwanted furniture but to donate it to a reuse charity where it will get a second life.

It was part of London Sustainability Weeks – a two week festival to celebrate sustainability projects and organisations, which ends on Sunday, June 17.

London FRN’s campaign says it wants to remove any stigma attached to reusing furniture and highlight how good quality items go to landfill because many are unaware of their local reuse project.

Last year the network collected more than 73,000 items of furniture.

They provide essential household pieces for individuals and families, who could not otherwise afford them while for others there are unique and quirky items to be unearthed, neatly bypassing expensive furniture boutiques.

Richard Featherstone, the network’s regional development manager, heralded “the great value reuse furniture brings to families suffering hardship, whilst assisting with the clear environmental message of reduce, reuse and recycle”.

For furniture projects across the country visit the FRN website.

David Gibbs

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