This case study is to highlight the benefits of a circular approach to re-use, repair and recycling/upcycling, and the commercial opportunities this provides.

The term ‘sustainability ’ incorporates three principles. Environmental sustainability involves managing natural resources to preserve and protect them for future generations. Economic sustainability strives to create a resilient and flourishing economy now and for the future. Social sustainability aims to create a fair, inclusive and equitable society, including access to education, healthcare and employment.

In this case study we look at the charity ‘too good to waste’ based in Rhondda Cynon Taf, established in 1995 and whose mission statement is “too good to waste is committed to changing people’s lives every day, through developing and implementing sustainable social enterprise that meets the needs of the communities we serve.”

too good to waste achieves this objective whilst being profitable, providing a range of services to both the local community and businesses, and realising the talent of the local community.

Key facts – toogoodto waste 2022

  • £1.3m turnover, of which £88k was grant funded
  • 1,065 tonnes of electrical and household items diverted from landfill - over 5 tonnes of turnover of CO2 avoided
  • 161,000 items selected for re-use.

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  • toogoodtowaste and Circular Commercial Opportunities - English

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