Resources for Reusers

Scroll down for local organisations that can help you reuse more, downloadable guides and links for projects and great things to share on social media


Guides for projects we love

Make a bug hotel

A great way to recycle plastic bottles or tin cans and other materials you likely have around the house. Bugs of all sorts will enjoy these homes in the cooler months.

Download the guide



Turn a t-shirt into a tote

Photo: via @howcast on YouTube

Avoid purchasing a carrier bag by reusing an old t-shirt - in just a few simple steps you'll have a handy tote for quick shopping trips!

Watch a short video


Transform a pallet into a lush garden

Add some greenery to your outdoor space by turning a wooden pallet into a herb or flower garden... or both!

Get creative with these fun ideas




Organisations supporting reuse

Reuse Network

National network of reuse organisations which supports more than 150 charities across the UK to help them alleviate poverty, reduce waste and tackle climate change. The website has a handy search tool for charities in your local area who will accept reuseable items.



Bristol Reuse Campaign 

Local consortium of reuse-focused groups who work to Inform people about the value of reuse, to help reduce waste, save money and look after the environment. They promote reuse organisations, enterprises and initiatives in the Bristol area and connect like minded people and organisations.



Bristol Repair Cafes  

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). Wherever a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need, to clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, and anything else you can think of! You’ll also find expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visit the Bristol Repair Cafe Facebook page...



When students move house at the end of the year, there are inevitably items that they part with. We encourage these students to put these items back into use by taking them to a local charity. The universities also run a Bristol Big Give campaign in association with the British Heart Foundation. As part of the scheme, unwanted items can be brought to bring banks that are stationed around the university's presincts and campuses. These are then sorted and redistributed by the charity.

Visit the Bristol Big Give Facebook page...




The Sustainability Team at Bristol University works to reduce the environmental impact the university has through implementing environmental improvements, and encouraging and enabling the wider University to implement these too. The sustainability team at the Univerisity of Bristol works to reduce the impact of the univeristy on the environment by identifying and implementing environmental imporvements and encouraging staff and students to follow suit.

Visit the BUST Facebook page...



The UWE Sustainability Department, and the Green Team at the Student Union, both aim to play a part in supporting the global sustainability agenda for a strong, healthy and just society living within environmental limits in everything that they do.

Visit the Green UWE Facebook page...