Purchasing furniture from the Consortium is much, much more than just purchasing furniture!

Read our Impact Report

Since 2016…

diverted from landfill
equivalent CO2 emissions saved
reuse furniture items used
low-income households supported


The Planet

  • Every sofa bought from the Consortium diverts approximately 40kg from going to landfill and saves around 88kg of CO2e.
  • Reusing furniture saves 6 times more CO2e than simply recycling.
  • If every local authority in Scotland bought 100 reuse sofas that would be the equivalent of taking 250 cars off the road for a whole year!
  • This is the impact we make on creating a greener world and a more circular economy in Scotland.

Place – Our Communities

  • Every washing machine bought from the Consortium provides over £100 of vital income for a local social enterprise.
  • £100 pays for around 4 hours of training, leading to meaningful employment in our poorest communities.
  • If every local authority in Scotland bought 100 reuse washing machines, that would pay for 10 full time jobs in our communities per year.
  • This is the impact we make on building wealth in communities and creating a fairer Scotland.

People – Individual Lives

I started volunteering with the project 6 months ago as I was out of work and spent most days indoors doing nothing, I was feeling low and worthless and I needed something to get out of the slump I was in. When the CRNS project started I was involved with the delivery of furniture and white goods. Volunteering gave me motivation and a little self-worth. A paid position became available cleaning and refurbishing white goods and I was offered the job. It was a great opportunity not having worked for a long time, it gave me a boost to my self-confidence and allowed me to feel worthwhile….

Man wheeling washing machine
  • In 2021-2022 the Reuse Consortium provided 7 Local Authorities and 2 Housing Associations with 5,697 items of reuse furniture which supported 2,665 households.
  • Reuse items are around 20 – 60% cheaper than buying new.
  • If every local authority in Scotland bought reuse instead of new items, we could help twice as many people in need.
  • Consortium members provide jobs and training for local people and help make a positive difference in their lives.