The UK-based enterprise Reviive which offers affordable upcycled home-furniture is now becoming more recognized for its environmental-friendly approach to furniture waste, sustainability level and help for the community.
From big furniture to small items like curtains, the social enterprise is collecting old second-hand items from people’s homes in Telford, England to prevent furniture waste, help people in need and contribute to the environment protection. The scheme is very simple, but effective: their team collects the items, evaluates and repairs if needed and then re-sell for a fair price to other customers – this way, Reviive manages to have a positive impact on the Shropshire furniture scene and give a great example of a sustainable enterprise.
Moreover, they create opportunities for the unemployed sector of the city’s population by offering the chance to volunteer to everyone interested. As a result, people get involved in meaningful projects and gain work experience and important skills while helping the society and the surrounding nature at the same time. The shop was established in 2010 and it also receives donations from the locals who want to contribute to the furniture scheme.
This way, Reviive managed to collect 511 tonnes (30778 items) of furniture and electrical goods including 415 sofas, 450 white goods and 249 beds and mattress. 447 tonnes were reused and brought to other peoples’ homes, writes Shropshire Live. The profit of the company goes to charities dedicated to people in need who face problems like homelessness, domestic violence, unemployment, and the list goes on.
Besides offering affordable prices to everyone who wants to buy second-hand or refurbished furniture, Reviive decided to offer more payment flexibility to its customers by entering a partnership with Just Credit Union in 2017. The concept behind it is for the social enterprise to provide a weekly-payment loan option as an alternative for citizens who may not have enough capital or a stable income when purchasing the items. An important event that inspired the team to this collaboration was the Honour for the Most Innovative Use of Loan Finance won by Reviive back in 2013 as a borrower who made the most social impact. The community interest company has entered many other partnerships during its 8 years of activity, including collaboration with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Veolia and Telford & Wrekin Council.
“We have calculated that the total saving made in 2017/18 by people purchasing from Reviive as opposed to buying brand new products was approximately £2,400,000. In addition, the support we received through donations to our showrooms was and continues to be fantastic.” Says Julian Price, the managing director of Reviive.
In February 2018, Reviive has launched a house clearance service to pick-up easier the household items from residents who do not own a vehicle to transport them.
This month, the social enterprise became the finalist of Telford’s Community Pride Awards for “Best Environmental Champions”.