The Used Kitchen Exchange competed against more than 500 other nominations in the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practise and was chosen as the Gold winner in the Products & Recycled Products category at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament.
The Judges highlighted the fact that Used Kitchen Exchange’s service ensures support towards a wider circular economy and the company has been given the opportunity to represent its country in the Green World Awards, and the European Business awards for the Environment.
The Used Kitchen Exchange offers a bolt-on solution to the industry by working as an ethical and environmentally focussed solution for a used kitchen. They promote profitable regeneration of outgoing kitchens with a complete re-sale service, returning the majority of the profit to the seller, as well as working directly with showrooms for the sale of ex-displays.
Working in partnership with showrooms nationwide the Used Kitchen Exchange has sold hundreds of used kitchens this year demonstrating, it says, an appetite in the market for a more environmental and ethically sound way of working. Its website www.usedkitchenexchange.co.uk gains over 25.000 kitchen buyers a month looking for an ethical bargain. In the next three years, it aims to save the number of kitchens it would take to fill at least 21 football pitches from becoming landfill.
Founder of the Used Kitchen Exchange, Helen Lord said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious national award. We work very closely with our showroom partners and customers, and are proud to be recognised for the ethical and environmental focus that we bring to the industry. We have ‘done well’ by ‘doing good’.
“Our growth plans are bold yet achievable, opening-up mutually beneficial partnerships within the industry and supply chain and well as an extensive digital awareness campaign. Our service not only adds real value to their customers’ experience; it also ensures companies have a way of adding a green tick to their environmental and social value policy…. it’s a win-win for everyone”
Other major Green Apple winners were: Renault- Gold in Greenest cars with the Renault Zoe, and runners up Audi- with the A6, Balfour Beatty- Gold in Waste Management, IKEA- Gold in Retail and Wholesale and Kier Group- who won Gold in Carbon reduction/Climate change, Training & Education projects and Community projects.
The Green Apple awards began in 1994 and have become established as one of the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practise around the world.