InUse ReUse is a Furniture maker inspired to Reclaimed, Recycled Reloved, founded on the premises to stop pallets in Brixton market being needlessly sent to landfill. "Why we exist is wholly based on encouraging a circular economy where pallets and wood waste are being recycled, upcycled or reused. Our three-tier system enables pallets and wood waste to either be recycled and sent to a recycling plant, upcycled and converted into beautifully designed furniture or reused with pallets being sent back to suppliers for reuse," says Dennis Boateng.
His entrepreneurship journey started back in 2017 with the support of Brixton Bid, a project that began informally with pallets just being sent back to suppliers. Now, two years later, Dennis has secured a pilot contract with the Lambeth Council, became a resident maker with the Remakery to ramp up furniture production and recently gained funding for a project with Veolia and Urban Growth, to convert pallets into benches and seating area for Slade Gardens adventure playground in Stockwell.
"In 2018 I enrolled myself on an incubator programme run by Hatch Enterprise which was a local Lambeth programme supporting locally based entrepreneurs." The eight weeks program had a pitch day where the winner would be awarded funding. “Unfortunately, I didn't win the fund, but the help and support he received from Hatch after pitch day have been priceless. I was allocated a mentor, who has been incredibly supportive and assisted with many strategies I have implemented to date. Hatch Enterprise support network informed me about a project called Talent Works, a partnership between University of Art and Camberwell college that enables, starts up, Non-Profits and social enterprise the opportunity to have, marketing, advertisement, posters and so much more created by the university students.
It doesn't stop there. Hatch recommend me to apply for the Red Academy community partner project, which enables start-ups to get Apps, digital marketing or website created. We were recently accepted into this program after applying in November 2018. And, are currently going through the discussion with Red Academy students to develop an app that enables consumers to customise their furniture on the B2C side and businesses the option to upload images of pallets and wood waste to arrange collection on the B2B side. So, watch this space as we have a few major game-changing projects in the pipeline." explains Dennis.
"With the Slade Gardens project in the pipeline, InUse ReUse now aims to also utilise recycled pallet wood for local schools tables and benches, shops and offices fittings or creating furniture for low-income households gives you a feel of how massive the scope is and where we want to take this project moving forward ‘’
As it stands, they have diverted over 3,000 pallets back to pallet suppliers and sent over 3.6 tonnes of wood waste to a recycling plant. They have managed to upcycle just over 59 pallets and over the course of 2019 and worked on a mini project collecting malt bags from breweries and converting the bags into pillows and cushions.
InUse- ReUse continues to seek new methods to upcycle resources, with long -term objectives of employing NEET into carpentry and scaling the project to increase our upcycling capacity. Watch them closely and take a look next time you sit in one of our beautiful South London parks to see if the bench is not an InUse- ReUse build!
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