Disposing of your old furniture can be a difficult and time consuming job.
Next supports the Furniture Re-use Network who can help give your old or unwanted household furniture and appliances a new lease of life.
Established in 1989, Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK.
Their aim is to reduce poverty by helping households in need to access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, support re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.
Four million children in the UK live in households that cannot afford to replace worn out or broken furniture and three million children live in households that cannot afford to replace broken electrical items. Source DWP March 2007
10 million items of furniture are thrown away in the UK every year.
3 million of these items could be easily re-used; more could be repaired.
Re-using an item of furniture saves the energy associated with manufacturing a new one, which has an enormous and positive impact on reducing CO2 emissions.
The re-use organisations within FRN accept all types of reusable furniture (such as beds, tables, chairs, sofas, wardrobes, bookcases) and working electrical items such as fridges and freezers, along with crockery, kitchen equipment and curtains.
To donate furniture to your local furniture re-use organisation, click here and then search your region/county.