It was in the year 2009 that WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) published “Meeting the UK Climate Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency”. This challenge proved that Reusing was an efficient strategy in reducing emissions of greenhouse gas.

WRAP made a particular method used to quantify the advantages of Reusing items. This method can be used for a variety of items with the assistance of an “excel-based” tool which provides a reliable means to evaluate the effects of different actions. This tool calculates indicators of the environment and the economy such as:

  • Emissions of greenhouse gas
  • Demands of energy
  • Depletion of resources
  • Job counts
  • Impact on Finances

Annually, about one million sofas/ ca 37,000 ton in the UK undergoes reuse, and people form them it into something useful. This accounts for about 17% of the total number of sofas reaching their lifespan every year. The 83% that is left is being sent to undergo recycling, recovery for energy, or end up in the landfill.

Moreover, about a hundred thousand dining tables/ 2,800 tons are also reused in the UK annually. This accounts for about 17% of the total number of dining tables reaching their lifespan every year. The 83% that is left is sent to undergo the same procedure that is mentioned above.