Middleton Community Trust benefits from reuse marketplace Globechain

Date published: 14 November 2018

Globechain, the leading British reuse marketplace, has helped Middleton Community Trust pass on unwanted corporate items.

Darryl Walsh, Manager, at Middleton Community Trust, said: “Having signed up just a few months ago, Globechain has already become a vital resource for our charity and those we work with.

“As a local charity for the prevention of poverty we have a community hub, where we provide surplus food, clothing and furniture to those in need.

“We have so far passed on chairs to families with no furniture and used the benches we collected as seating for our clients in our food bank saving over £500 to date.”

Globechain, has helped north west charities and small businesses save over £40,000 over the past five years out of a total of £2 million saved nationally.

By offering charities unwanted corporate items for free, it has also diverted 5 million kilos of waste from UK landfill – including 60,000 kilos locally.

Set up by UK entrepreneur May Al-Karooni in 2013, Globechain connects corporates to charities and small businesses to redistribute unwanted items in the B2B sector, including retail, corporate and construction fixtures, fittings and materials.

With over 10,000 organisations currently registered on the platform, it has helped over 14,000 communities and 82,400 people globally to date including local charity, Middleton Community Trust.

The most popular items to date include refurbishment materials - from chairs and dressers, to tiles, carpets and fire doors, white goods, artwork, lighting and retail fixtures and fittings.

In addition to dramatically reducing capital costs and freeing up funding for social purposes, charities also benefit from Globechain’s extensive corporate partnerships with major brands including M&S, B&Q, Nando’s, Radisson Hotels and the NHS.

May Al-Karooni, founder and CEO Globechain, commented: “Globechain connects local charities and social entrepreneurs to some of the largest brands worldwide. We provide access to thousands of items for free and empower people to think differently about waste. Our mission is to create social value by being the world’s largest reuse marketplace - disrupting the corporate waste cycle, providing meaningful social impact data and enabling charities to offset capital costs, so they too can focus on their social purpose.”

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