UKE scoops Most Impactful Business Innovation award

Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) scooped an Eco Innovation award, for its efforts to tackle climate change.

31 May, 23

Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) has scooped the ‘Most Impactful Business Innovation’ category of the Eco Innovation awards, for its efforts to tackle climate change.

UKE scoops Most Impactful Business Innovation award

Eco-I North West (Eco-I NW) is a research and development programme, to create sustainable technologies, products and services, delivered by Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan.

Over the course of the programme, it will have given more than 330 SMEs access to a knowledge base, research facilities, networks and support to save 3,850 tonnes of CO2.

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The success of the programme was celebrated at the Eco Innovation awards at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Used Kitchen Exchange scooped the award for its work with Liverpool John Moores University to develop a carbon saving tool to benchmark and promote carbon and tree savings, with average savings of 3.5 tonnes of carbon and 1.6 trees every time a kitchen is reused.

Co-founder of UKE Phil Lord said: “We are grateful for the recognition from Eco-I NW. Working with Liverpool John Moores University has been instrumental in validating our sustainability credentials and consequently the success of our business.

“The collaboration enabled our idea to achieve eco validation and engage with the industry.

“From starting the business eight years ago, we have grown to a workforce of almost 40 and a £6m turnover.

“We have proven the economic and environmental value of a circular economy and look forward to expanding our vision to power circularity in the interiors industry including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and other furniture.”

Eco-I NW, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), was led by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) team at Lancaster University.

Commenting on the awards, Dr Andy Pickard, manager of the CGE, said: “Eco-I North West has been an incredibly successful programme which has showcased what can be achieved via collaborative research between academia and business.

“These awards have been a celebration of the impressive work by our six regional university partners, talented undergraduates and postgraduates, and hundreds of small and medium sized businesses.”

Keynote speaker at the awards was Wayne Hemingway, the celebrated designer, who spoke about his passion for sustainability.