11 December, 2015

The UK’s growing old sofa problem

According to a recent piece of research carried out by Mintel, we Brits love buying sofas! Approximately 28% of us has purchased a sofa in the past 3 years, on average we replace our sofas every 11 years.

In 2014 the UK spent £3.6bn on sofas and other upholstered furniture – a rise of 14% since 2010. As you can imagine a growing housing market bares influence on sofa purchases too and that is expected to grow by 25% in the next 5 years.

Our love for sofas does create a new problem though, removal and recycling of our old ones. 1.6 million Tonnes of so-called bulky waste is thrown out each year in the UK, and 42% of it is furniture. According to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) half of the dumped furniture could be re-used. At the moment, only 17% of sofas are being re-used or recycled.

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4 December, 2015

Recycling Early for Christmas

With the joyous festive spirit fast approaching, many people will be getting ready to throw out unwanted belongings and making space for new ones. Boroughs across the UK have launched a festive recycling drive where it urges everyone to have a clear out before Christmas.

Christmas is known as the time for giving, and that applies to donating items to good causes such as the clear-out drive. Donating unused goods helps to boost the ‘Clear-out for Christmas’ in the hope that Santa’s imminent arrival will encourage people to donate items they no longer want before December 25.

Dropping them at a recycling centre or organising a company to collect is a better option than discarding them, as it benefits other people and the environment. Donating and recycling goods will give people looking for a value-for-money, quality-used presents, the opportunity to pick something up and help those clearing space in the home for new gifts.

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