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Notification of FRN Annual General Meeting – 31st January 2018

Colmore Gate Building, 6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QX

In line with the memorandum and articles of association of the FRN, the Annual General Meeting of the FRN will take place Colmore Gate Building, 6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QX, from 10.00am on 31st January 2018.

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Buy Nothing New Day - 24 November 2017

BNND - Black Friday

The Furniture Re-use Network is launching a new campaign, Buy Nothing New Day to dispel the myth that second-hand means second-best and encourage people to go to their local charity shop on Friday 24 November.

You'll be familiar with Black Friday, one of the many American marketing ploys to have made its way to this side of the Atlantic, where shops "slash" their prices and people camp outside the shop, scrambling on top of each other as soon as the doors open to get the best bargain. In protest to this, Buy Nothing Day - originally started in 1992 by a Canadian artist named Ted Dave - was moved to the same day as Black Friday to raise awareness of consumerism (see Wikipedia reference).

Well, we've decided to put our own little spin on this, and make it Buy Nothing New Day.

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Charities see stagnating donations despite growing demand for second-hand furniture

For immediate release -Thursday 14 September 

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 Charities see stagnating donations despite growing demand for second-hand furniture

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) Social Impact Report 2017 published today (Thursday 14 September 2017) shows a stagnation in donations of furniture and electrical equipment to reuse charities in the UK despite a growing demand for second-hand goods.

Reuse charities can be a lifeline for people in crisis by providing much needed essential furniture and electrical goods. The FRN report, shows that in 2017, just 3.45 million items were reused in the UK by the voluntary reuse sector compared to 3.48 million items in 2016.

This decline has then an impact on the number of households helped every year thanks to reused items which drops from 1.51 million in 2016 to 1.50 million in 2017 despite an increase in demand by people in need across the country.

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Interview with Resource Media

Leonie Butler, Resource Editor, spoke to Furniture Re-use Network CEO Craig Anderson about getting social aspects of sustainability recognised and working out what motivates people to do the right thing and reuse.


Go to Resource Media to read the full article.

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