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Barriers to reuse and how to smash them

Our aim is to make reuse mainstream in organisations. 

We regularly talk to many people who are implementing a reuse system in their organisation and found that many are struggling with a whole host of issues. This ranges from securing buy-in and getting people on board with the project to communicating simple successes and achievements.

In this report we will address a variety of topics relating to the difficulties that can arise when trying to set up or grow a reuse project in any type of organisation. We will draw from a survey that we conducted of our customers and our bank of case studies.

This report will be of use to anyone looking to set up or improve a furniture reuse program or system, in particular:

  • Surplus managers
  • Procurement managers
  • Sustainability managers
  • Waste managers
  • Service design managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Estates and Facilities Directors

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Report summary

In this report, we explore various barriers to reuse and offer solutions. 

The subtopics we will be exploring are:

  • Why reuse is not given the priority it deserves

  • How to set reuse up within resource constraints

  • How to get buy-in

  • Transportation and the associated issues

  • What are the options for storage, and is it needed at all?

  • How to break through the ‘But we’ve always done it this way’ mindset

  • Behaviour-change through effective communications

  • Tweaking policy to aid reuse

  • 'Out of sight, out of mind’ - why reuse is invisible to some people

  • ‘Too busy’, and proving that reuse saves time not wastes it 

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Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor

I use my time and experience to contribute to the transition to a regenerative sustainable society for all.


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