Who We Are

We’re specialists in promoting reuse, waste minimisation and combatting furniture poverty.

We create projects, build partnerships and support organisations to reduce the impacts of furniture poverty (i.e. debt; financial and social exclusion; poor health); provide creative and practical solutions to the region’s household waste challenges; and:

• Respond to Greater Manchester’s environmental and welfare policies.
• Create and broker partnerships between different stakeholders.
• Provide a collective voice for the furniture reuse sector.
• Research and produce guidance, resources and business strategies.

Furniture Poverty

Furniture poverty exists. Like food and fuel poverty.

Buying essentials like a bed, or replacing a broken item or appliance can plunge low income households into greater debt, particularly if payday lenders, loan sharks and rent-to-own retailers are the only option.

Furniture poverty organisations, who provide good quality, pre-used furniture and other household goods, are the affordable, ethical alternative.

The Furniture Poverty Hub – Why Now?

Furniture Poverty organisations working to alleviate material poverty in Greater Manchester are needed more than ever.

Tackling homelessness is a top priority; in some poorer areas of Greater Manchester, over 40% of children are living in poverty, and austerity continues to impact upon household and public sector budgets.

Despite the loss of local authority funding and as demand for help from communities increases, voluntary organisations are an essential resource and partner to meet the region’s many challenges and opportunities. These organisations form a unique social movement concerned with reducing debt, and improving lives, inclusion and wellbeing; all important contributions as Devolution aims to transform the delivery of public health & social care services for the people of Greater Manchester.

In March 2018, Andy Burnham set the target to make Greater Manchester carbon-neutral by 2040. The re-use of furniture, electrical appliances and other household goods has a significant part to play in realising this ambition.

Why Reuse?

Our waste is a poverty issue.

In the UK, we throw away 10 million items of furniture and electrical appliances each year. It’s estimated that nearly 6 million items are repairable or reusable. Furniture poverty organisations need a constant supply of reusable items to pass on to low income households. Their affordable, ethical and environmental approach helps reduce household debt and improve financial and social inclusion. Also, they use our unwanted household waste as a skills development platform, building confidence, self-esteem and experience for those long out of the workplace environment.

Reusing household goods ultimately reduces consumption and new manufacture, thereby limiting climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions.