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Sustainability: How recycling appliances can prevent landfill waste and help people in need

This is what we do as a business, true, but it’s also become one of our core principles. The single best thing we can do for the planet is to repair or recycle things. The less waste, the less CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build and buy new.


Repairing is one thing. But what about older appliances that you’ve either outgrown or need to leave behind as you begin a new chapter or move to a new home? Because sustainability has become a new way of living, thinking and doing, touching all aspects of our lives, we conducted a survey of people in the UK asking their attitudes on what to do with their appliances once they’re ready to move on. Whether that’s moving home or redecorating, do people consider alternatives to simply getting rid of their older appliances?

Domestic & General found (in a survey of 100 people in the UK) that, when it comes to getting rid of old appliances, 58% of people said freecycling (which is to donate, recycle or swap an item) appeals to them because of the benefits to the environment. What’s more, when given the choice, 22% have already freecycled an old appliance, and 51% would do it but haven’t yet. 

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These figures aren’t isolated, though. A survey by Deloitte confirms that attitudes towards sustainable living has shifted, with more individuals committing to achieving sustainable goals. Deloitte’s survey found that 61% of people have limited their use of single-use plastic in the last 12 months and 30% have chosen brands because of their ethical practices and values.


So, as we continue to believe in the radical act of repairing and reusing appliances, how can we get more people on board? Our survey suggests that a lack of clarity is what’s stopping more people achieving their sustainable goals.  28% of people answered Domestic & General’s survey indicating they are hesitant to donate appliances simply because they don’t know how, and 17% of people cannot take their item to be donated, or charities in their area don’t collect.

We have partnered with the Reuse Network to raise awareness on why to repair and recycle, and how to do it.

Working with partner members across the United Kingdom, the charity work to help alleviate poverty, reduce waste and tackle climate change. In 2020, the reuse sector prevented 111,664 tonnes of products from going to landfill, resulting in 1.5 million households being helped across the UK.

Scroll down to find out more information about Reuse Network, how to be more sustainable in your own homes and how to give an old appliance a new lease of life.

Second-hand fridge buying guide

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When it comes to choosing any fridge – be it brand new or second-hand – many of the things to consider stay the same. After all, a fridge is a straight-forward appliance so you’re just looking to make sure it’s fit for purpose.

However, there are some extra questions you should ask specifically when choosing to freecycle – that is reusing and recycling white goods (like a second-hand fridge) simply because you won’t have the same manufacturer’s guarantees or warranties.

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Who are the Reuse Network?

Curious about donating white goods? Want to help someone get a second hand fridge? Reuse Network help reduce waste and alleviate poverty. 

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Save energy and the planet with your fridge freezer

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Fancy putting a freeze on your electricity bill?

Then knowing how you can save energy and the environment using just your fridge freezer may come in handy for you.

In this blog we look at how you can use your appliance more efficiently and how you can save both money and energy.

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Repair or Replace: a guide

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A fridge that’s lost its chill. A washing machine that isn’t keeping a clean sheet. These are issues that many homeowners and renters face with their white goods. It’s frustrating, and it begs the question: should you try to repair your machine or is it time to get a new one?

Deciding what to do depends on different factors, including its age, its average lifespan and more.

Read on to find out what to consider before making your decision

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If you have an appliance, new or freecycled – and need some repairs:

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