Working towards net zero carbon with reuse firmly at the heart of activities is nothing new to the Warp It community.
Annual global waste is rapidly growing and it is projected it will hit 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050. It is also estimated 1.2 million ofﬁce desks and 1.8 million ofﬁce chairs end up in UK landﬁll every year.
Adopting a circular economy is a recognised and respected solution to overcome global challenges like the climate crisis and realise a resilient, net-zero world.
It's more important than ever to reuse where possible. The whole purpose behind Warp It is to help organisations reuse office furniture, stationery, and even medical equipment.
The Warp It community has achieved undeniable and far-reaching reductions in carbon by reusing and redistributing furniture, equipment, stationery, and many other items.
Here are just a few of our reuse heroes achieving extraordinary goals and making huge inroads on their net zero journey.
Shropshire Council has exceeded its reuse goals by saving over £125,000 in procurement and disposal thanks to the Warp It redistribution system. Its original target was to save £25,000 by 2020 and the outstanding success of the reuse initiative means that the Council has set its target even higher with ambitions now set to save £500,000 by 2025.
By redistributing old and unwanted office furniture and equipment within the Council, and to staff for personal use, it has avoided more than 30,000kgs of waste being sent to landfill, saved £90,135 on internal claims, and £20,200 in administration costs.
These carbon and costs savings are the equivalent of planting nearly 100 trees or removing 31 cars from the road.
A whirlwind of sustainable success for The University of Tasmania
The University of Tasmania, which is on track to being the one of the most sustainable universities on the planet, reached $500,000 savings since using the Warp it reuse system.
The university, which has been certified carbon neutral since 2016 and completely divested from fossil fuels in direct investments since December 2018, has also set an investment strategy to target investments that support the delivery of a zero-carbon economy alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has delivered £230k in savings thanks to reuse using the Warp It redistribution service. The Health Board, which provides healthcare services throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire has also achieved savings equating to 41 tonnes of waste diverted and a reduction of 161 tonnes of CO2 by reusing equipment rather than replacing it.
In addition, nearly £70,000 worth of unwanted equipment was successfully repurposed and donated to local charities.
Warp It reuse system is ‘fourth emergency service’ for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital (PRH), has saved a total of £367,321, avoided 67,449kg of waste, and created one new full-time reuse job post since joining Warp It in 2015.
Waste and Sustainable Travel Planner at the trust, Alexander Ford, said: “I see Warp It as the fourth emergency service. It has been integral to allowing us to use resources in a sustainable way and, instead of spending money, we are saving it and helping NHS funds to be re-directed towards the well-being of patients and staff. We have removed the need to contribute to landfill, reduced our carbon footprint, and, importantly, engage with our staff in a meaningful way and take them on our environmental improvement journey.”
Reuse makes impressive savings for London Metropolitan University
London Metropolitan University saved £126,686 and avoided 31,201 kilograms of waste since joining Warp It in 2017. The university has also donated over 3,670 items ranging from pens, files, paper and labels to support a community association’s quest to give 550 pupils in a local school stationery sets.
Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Officer at the University’s Estates Department, explained: “Developing new initiatives is key to our sustainability improvement plans and the Warp It redistribution system has proven integral as an effective way for us to reach our goals. The system is easy to use, cost-effective, and the staff are very helpful and always available to help guide us through the process and reallocate items. We are delighted that so many unwanted items can be given a second chance”.
This is just a glimpse of the fantastic work taking place in the Warp It community as organisations in the UK and abroad continue their journey to net zero carbon.