Total Reuse has been named ‘Green Champion’ for recycled products at the prestigious Green Apple Environment Best Practice Awards held on the terrace at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 6th November.
The Total Reuse campaign: ‘If it’s Reused It Doesn’t Need Recycling’ was one of over 500 entries and they were introduced as an organisation that: “aimed to shake up the recycle ethos and facilitate re-use wherever possible. They create re-use pathways that connect the owner of surplus equipment with those who may need it. Their impact is staggering. In the last year they have re-homed 1.3 million kilos of goods, avoiding over 2 million kilograms of CO2”.
The awards, the longest running international environment awards program in the world, offers four chances to win: Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in every category ineach sector, and the highest scorer in each being declared a Green Champion. National Organiser Roger Wolens told us: “Everyone stands an equal chance because our judges always take into consideration the different levels of resources that contenders have available; so small companies often beat their bigger competitors. British finalists could also represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment, as the Green Apple Awards is one of the few accredited feeder schemes into this Brussels-led initiative”.
Total Reuse founder, Martin Gamester attended the presentation ceremony and explained: “When we found out we had won an award we assumed it would be the bronze. When they announced the bronze and it was us I thought, wow silver. They announced silver and that wasn’t us and I thought, can’t be gold! They announced the gold winner and that wasn’t us so I was checking the category thinking it was the wrong one when they announced “Products and Recycled Products Green Champions are Total Reuse CIC. I’d stood and watched Universities, Councils, Shopping Centres and multi-million pound household names pick up their awards but Roger Wolens was right, small companies can beat the big names when there’s a level playing field”.
The company won the award for the innovative ways that they look to divert reusable items from the waste stream and make them available to no/low income individuals, charities, community groups and good causes. As well as delivering the Bulky Waste contracts for both West Lancashire and South Ribble Borough Councils they also offer, amongst other things, a Green Team alternative to skip hire and an ethical domestic and commercial clearance service with regular customers that include three local Universities, John Lewis, IKEA and several local furniture stores.
Another side to the business is the remanufacture of bespoke items from waste materials. Examples include the student union bar at Edge Hill University, a ‘secret garden’ and 50 seat cinema at the University of Liverpool, tables and chairs for various restaurants and cafe bars and the recently completed refurbishment of the Hallam University Student Bar in Sheffield.
So if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly way of dealing with your waste or looking for something manufactured from salvaged or reclaimed materials then you know who to call. As their strap line says: If it’s reused, it doesn’t need recycling.