Reuse Network Awards 2023 – Celebrating impact and innovation

Posted on the 23rd October 2023

Each year, the Reuse Network Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and motivate performance within our sector and among our members. As always, it was truly a pleasure to bring together individuals and organisations dedicated to making a real difference in the world of reuse. 

For our Reuse Network Awards 2023 award trophy, we called in Kieran Devlin a Bristol-based designer and owner of Revive Innovations. Whilst in his final year at University studying product design, he noticed that vast quantities of CDs were becoming obsolete each month resulting in an estimate of over 1 million years of decomposition in landfill. Through experimental design, he developed a processing method that produces a unique composite made from 100% recycled material. RE-CD is Revive Innovations’ current project, working to improve CD recycling infrastructure, whilst creating beautiful circular products – including our very own Reuse Network Award trophy!


This year’s awards were sponsored by Viridor, and we were excited to welcome Edita Adamcikova, Director of ESG at Viridor, to present the awards. 

Meet our  Reuse Network Award 2023 winners: 

Volunteer of the Year: Denise Evans from Colt Enterprise   

This year we asked Reuse Network members to nominate a volunteer who has shown the most improvement andReuse Network Award winner Denise Evans from Colt Enterprise gone above and beyond in their organisation. As always, we received some truly inspiring applications and we were honoured to have been able to read the stories of so many amazing volunteers working with our members.   

Our winner this year is Denise Evans, nominated by Colt Enterprise. In just 11 months, Denise has become a valued member of the charity’s volunteer team. Her dedication to the ‘Own My Life’ course, where she provides life skills and guidance to those suffering from domestic abuse, is nothing short of commendable. Denise’s commitment is a shining example of the positive impact individuals can have within their communities. 

Huge congratulations to Denise for this brilliant achievement and well done to each of the shortlisted nominees too! 

Innovative Project of the Year: Castle Furniture Project: RAG Journal  

This award celebrates the success of an innovative project 

which has proven greatly successful over the past year. The award recognises originality and inspired ideas and acknowledges those who have worked hard to implement them.   

Reuse Network Awards 2023 Innovative Project of the Year: Castle Furniture Project: RAG Journal  

Our winner this year is Castle Furniture Project for it’s ‘RAG Journal’.  This groundbreaking mood and progress monitoring tool has transformed the way the project supports its service users. The RAG Journal has not only enhanced the health, well-being, and job security of those it serves but has also demonstrated the power of innovative solutions in the reuse sector. 

Congratulations to the whole team at Castle Furniture Project! 



Reuse Organisation of the Year: NuLife Furniture  

Decided on by a public vote, each year this award goes to a reuse charity or social enterprise that has made a great achievement in the past year.    Reuse Network Awards 2023 Reuse Organisation of the Year: NuLife Furniture  

Our winner this year is Nu Life Furniture Project!  With a background in social housing and supported accommodation, Nu Life Furniture was established in response to the growing number of people being housed without essential furniture. Their dedication to making a house a home is a testament to the impact that reuse organisations can have on the lives of those they serve. 


The Reuse Network Awards 2023 was a night to remember, celebrating the champions of sustainability, innovation, and community impact. A huge well done to all of our winners this year, and to each and every shortlisted nominee. Every story and every effort showcased at the Reuse Network Awards were truly deserving of recognition.

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