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.

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

The Furniture Poverty Hub – Why now?

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

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has set a target to make it a zero carbon region by 2038. The re-use and repair of furniture and electrical appliances can contribute to help meet these ambitions.

Community-based organisations are meeting the demand for affordable furniture and they’re needed more than ever. Unfortunately, the region has lost a number of long-established charities in the last 18 months and others are struggling to survive.

Why Re-use?

Every new item we buy has an environmental impact. We use finite resources in the manufacture and disposal of new goods, and place a carbon cost on our climate.

Also, poor waste management and low levels of re-use become a poverty issue as community-based organisations struggle to gain access to the quantity of reusable furniture items needed to help lower income households.

Nearly 6 million furniture items and electrical appliances of the 10 million we throw away per year in the UK, are repairable or reusable. We’re not maximising the opportunity to reuse.

Who we are

Furniture poverty specialists, particularly in the marrying of re-use, waste reduction and social welfare issues.

We use a combination of art, activism, strategic practical advice and collaborations to raise awareness of the issues surrounding furniture poverty; to promote social action; to generate income and sustainability for community-based organisations; and to build additional reuse capacity.