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Buy Nothing New Day - 24 November 2017

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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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Super Early Bird Tickets FRN Conference 2018 - Here for a good time, not a long time!


FRN Annual Conference 2018 – Super Early Bird Tickets now on sale
The Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the FRN Annual Conference 2018! It will once again take place in the beautiful Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on 2-3 May 2018.

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