Re-use is about extending the life of something, which reduces the need to replace it. When we take something and give it a new purpose by modifying it or applying it as a solution to a new problem, we effectively keep it out of the waste stream and maximise the energy and resources required used to create it in the first place. The result is less waste and much greater efficiency all round.
Re-use can also apply to things like clothing and charity stores who re-distribute your unwanted items to new homes.
You can take discards, offcuts and unused old stock to Remida, the creative re-use centre. They can collect these from you and give them new life in childrens’ workshops and educational activities. Materials such as textiles, rubber, wood, cardboard and cork is preferable. Visit their website for contact details.