‘Freecycle for corporates’ launched

A new website has launched enabling businesses and charities to exchange unwanted items, such as building materials and office furniture, for free

Globechain describes itself as a ‘freecycle for corporates’, and like Freecycle – a popular site for exchanging unwanted goods – it’s free for businesses to register, obtain goods and advertise items.

Based in the UK, the company hopes to create a global network of members in order to cut costs for small- to medium-sized businesses and charities. It is also aiming to help companies become more environmentally friendly by reusing items that would otherwise end up in landfill.

So far, over 100 companies have registered including the London Reuse Network, BHS and the Charity Retail Association.

One of Globechain’s first corporate clients recently donated almost £3,000-worth of shop fittings. These were then received by a St Michael’s Hospice shop in Hastings, which is currently being refurbished.

Chris Jones, head of trading for St Michael’s Hospice, said: “It is important that we keep our expenditure in our shops to a minimum in order to raise much-needed funds for St Michael’s Hospice. A service such as Globechain helps us to achieve this by allowing us to fit out our shops free of charge.”