Re-use centres around Europe manifest their impact in just one week
Between 17 – 24 November 2018, 38 re-use centres in Croatia, Italy, Netherlands and Spain took part in RREUSE’s annual ‘Re-use More Throw Less’ campaign in order to communicate the environmental impact of our consumption and the potential of re-use and repair for waste prevention.
Every day each re-use centre weighed items collected and items sold for re-use in their second-hand shops. Adding together these weights represented saved natural resources: by avoiding products ending up as waste, raw material and energy are preserved.
The campaign also highlighted the often hidden social impact of re-use and repair activities carried out by social enterprises, providing job and training opportunities for people at risk of social exclusion. Some of the employees of re-use centres shared their stories about how the opportunity to work made a difference in their lives. View the gallery below.
Even though the campaign is over, you can still measure how much CO2 you save by re-using or buying second hand every day thanks to the CO2 Calculator made by AERESS. Just enter the number of selected items and press calculate!
Who participated this year?
6 Days and 38 re-use centres. What are the results?
Picture credits: Title picture – Kringkoop; Stories – Humana Nova, Cooperativa Sociale Insieme