John Lewis launches sofa reuse scheme
John Lewis has launched a sofa reuse scheme where sofas collected by the retailer from customers homes are reused or recycled in conjunction with local charities to help people who cannot afford to buy new furniture.
John Lewis is working with The Furniture Re-use Network, a national co-ordinating body for 300 UK re-use organisations, to launch the scheme following a successful trial in the North West where 192 sofas were reused or recycled.
The scheme is the retailer’s first not for profit service. Customers pay a fee to participate, which covers basic running costs incurred by the retailer with the remainder being given to the reuse charity to help support its activities.
The sofas are collected by John Lewis green van drivers at the same time as delivering new sofas to customers. They are then stored at John Lewis distribution centres and collected by one of 17 local FRN charity partners across the UK.
Stephen Cawley, head of sustainability at John Lewis said: "We are delighted to partner with local charities and help families nationwide in accessing much needed furniture. At the same time, it supports our ambition to divert waste from landfill - so it is a win-win approach for communities and the environment."
Lesley Wilcox at The Furniture Reuse Network added: "The trials were a resounding success and I am delighted they have paved the way for the roll out of such a positive scheme. I would like to thank John Lewis customers for supporting the scheme and the local charities with which we work who work at ground level to provide real support to some of those most in need."
John Lewis hopes the scheme will result in 65% of returned sofas being reused and 20% being repaired or refurbished and then reused. The remaining 15% of returned sofas are expected to be broken down into component parts and then recycled.
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