The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is re-using one of the old “Big Brother” chairs donated by Channel 4 production company, Endemol, to create its own “Diary Room”, with the intention of enabling festival-goers to confess their waste sins.
The chair will also be used to discuss re-use, and to pledge to re-use and donate furniture, electricals and other goods long after the festival is a blurred and distant memory.
As Craig Anderson, CEO of FRN says: “It’s a bit of fun. We know people want to be photographed in the chair; to tweet the photos and messages to friends; but FRN has a very serious intent to promote re-use.
Craig Anderson, FRN – “It’s a bit of fun. We know people want to be photographed in the chair; to tweet the photos and messages to friends; but FRN has a very serious intent to promote re-use”
“The term `circular economy’ doesn’t mean much to the general public but by re-using, they are actually part of it and applying the principles. And from FRN’s perspective by re-using the `waste’ of others, we’re alleviating poverty for nearly 1 million low income households each year”.
The fact that waste is a poverty issue is a crucial one for FRN; for the re-use charities it supports and leads; and for the hundreds of thousands of people and families in need that they help.
“The demand is there. Poverty and austerity mean that the urgent need for these goods is not going away and we need to stop wasting when others have nothing”, he added.
The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) says there is solvable resource poverty in the UK, and has called upon waste management companies and local and national Government to work with the re-use sector to ensure that reusable furniture items and electrical appliances are not sent to landfill.
The FRN leads and represents over 300 furniture and electrical re-use charities across the UK.
In 2012/13 the FRN network re-used 2.7m items of furniture and electrical equipment. This equates to 110,000 tonnes of waste prevented and saves low-income families across the UK in the order of around £350m.
If you’re one of the 120,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival and want to confess your waste sins, FRN would love to see you at the Green Futures site, near Greenpeace. You’ll probably be needing a sit down.