Furniture Reuse Network

LOFT Interiors are pro-active members of the Furniture re-use network

The FRN is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. We do this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, we support re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.

Approximately 400 re-use organisations work with social and environmental aims across the UK . These vary in size from small local charities to large social enterprises. Some are attached to housing associations, development trusts and councils for voluntary service. The benefits of our members work extends far beyond that which can easily be quantified, for example, rebuilding someone’s confidence or turning the shell of a property into a home. However, the following statistics, based upon our membership form returns, provide just an idea of the impact of our members work.

The sector is small but growing. It is able to reprocess electrical items in line with Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and is developing partnerships with local authorities to collect bulky waste. We expect the outputs of the sector to double over the next three years with the FRN helping its members to deliver more and better services.

Every year the sector:

  • • Employs over 3,000 staff
  • • Provides training for over 8,000 trainees
  • • Supports over 10,000 volunteers
  • • Helps around 750,000 low income households
  • • Saves low income households £330million
  • • Reuses 2.6 million items of furniture and electrical equipment
  • • Diverts 90,000 tonnes of waste from landfill
  • • Saves over 100,000 tonnes of CO2
  • • The sector works from 3 million sq ft of space and runs 1,000 vehicles. All this is achieved on an annual turnover of around £80 million