The Circular Communities Scotland Reuse Consortium helps public sector organisations buy pre-loved furniture from our social enterprise consortium members with the help of Scotland Excel.

Scotland Excel is a leader in the procurement sector in Scotland. Since 2008, it has helped to establish public procurement as an effective driver for local and national economic growth and wellbeing. It’s services are designed to help it’s members deliver sustainable services that every community needs, and realise a host of social, economic and environmental benefits from their spend.

Scotland Excel’s domestic furniture and furnishings framework, of which the Reuse Consortium is part, can be used by councils and housing associations to source a range of items effectively and efficiently from suppliers.

To celebrate Scotland Climate Week, Scotland Excel released an article sharing some of the highlights of our partnership working:

Circular Communities Scotland’s Reuse Consortium is the main supplier responsible for reuse goods through the framework. Between the 1 February 2022 and 14 September 2023 they diverted 439,385kg of items from landfill as a direct result of the goods kept in circulation via our framework. This is equivalent to 1,164 tonnes of CO2 emissions saved from polluting the environment.

Michael Cook, Chief Executive Officer at Circular Communities Scotland, said:

“At Circular Communities Scotland we are passionate about seeing a circular economy in Scotland. We know this benefits the planet by combating climate change and reducing waste. It also helps people by tackling social inequality, creating jobs and helping those in most need.

“With the current cost of living crisis putting further pressure on households we expect to see the Consortium continue to grow in the year ahead and would love to hear from more partners interested in delivering a more circular future.”

The choice for buying new or reuse goods is up to the local councils although Barry says the reused goods must pass stringent tests to ensure they are clean, fit for purpose and safe to use.”

Barry Phillips, Category Analyst at Scotland Excel said: “Sometimes individuals or families can face periods in their lives where they are extremely vulnerable and need help to get their lives back on track.

“The domestic furniture and furnishings framework was introduced to underpin the support that councils and housing associations give to their local residents, by giving easy access to suppliers who can quickly get household items out to communities.”

A huge thanks from the Circular Communities Scotland team to Scotland Excel for sharing our work through the Consortium in this article and for helping us divert quality reuse furniture from landfill to support communities across Scotland.

Read the article in full here.

Want to learn more about sustainable procurement through the Reuse Consortium? Email our coordinator Rhoda at rhoda@circularcommunities.scot.