One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Emmaus doesn't just make a difference to people's lives, it also helps save the environment, by recycling and reusing as much as possible.
In 2014-15 Emmaus saved more than 4000 tonnes of goods from going to landfill.
Many of our communities have workshops where companions, staff and volunteers work together to restore furniture that may have been neglected. This gives companions the chance to learn new skills, or use existing ones, while also taking great pride in giving donated items a new lease of life:
When the furniture comes into the workshop, it's a bit battered but we see the potential it has and we restore it to something beautiful again. It's a bit like when we come to Emmaus; we might have had a rough time but Emmaus gives us a chance to sort our lives out."
Drew, companion at Emmaus Hastings & Rother
Emmaus communities depend on donations of second-hand items to keep them going and will always try to find a way to reuse any donations they receive, often finding quirky ways to do it.
By donating the items you no longer need from your home to Emmaus, you're helping to provide a home to someone who needs it.