Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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Warp It is the University's internal reuse network, an online platform that allows staff and PhD students within our organisation to redistribute surplus goods.

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What is Warp It?

Warp It is an online reuse portal for University staff to advertise, give away and sell University equipment internally, preventing it from being binned.

Warp It is open to all staff (including researchers) and aims to find a new home within the University for redundant equipment. It provides a means for the equipment to be advertised and exchanged or sold between departments - whilst remaining within the University ownership.

The kinds of items you might find on Warp It include toner cartridges, stationery, electrical equipment and much more. 

Interested in reusing IT equipment? Find out how

What are the benefits of using Warp It?

  • Warp It is free and easy to use and is much easier than buying new
  • It helps extend the use of materials that would otherwise go to waste
  • It helps free up space in your workplace
  • It helps us measure and trace reuse better, which helps us reach our targets
  • You will save money, carbon emissions and waste, making the University more environmentally friendly

How does reuse lead to savings?

Buying new products when there are existing items in need of a home is a waste of resources. The items already in the University have value. There are multiple benefits to extending their lives to get the most out of them:

 

Carbon emissions

Each new item created involves the use of resources, which almost always involve the emission of greenhouse gases. This reaches right back through the supply chain, from the extraction of raw materials, through to manufacture of components, assembly, transport, and disposal.

The environmental savings of reusing something already on University premises cannot be underestimated. Not only does it save carbon, but this also helps prevent other aspects of environmental degradation which are unique to each product, by reducing demand.

Money Sourcing something second-hand for free from within the institution saves the cost of buying and delivering something new.
Waste Reuse also helps with the disposal end, as disposing of bulky or potentially hazardous items also costs the University money, which could otherwise be spent on other things. Methods of disposing of waste, other than reuse, often have additional negative effects on the environment. Not to mention the inconvenience of having to deal with the excessive packaging that new items often arrive in.
Staff time A lot of work goes into purchasing something new - filling out budget planning spreadsheets, identifying suppliers, requesting quotes and processing payments/invoices - Warp It helps minimise the paper trail and toll on staff time.

Show off your Warp It finds

Help spread the word about Warp It by telling your colleagues about your finds. We've made some stickers you can put on your Warp It items to tell everyone where they came from! Email us to request the stickers.

 

Can I claim items for personal use?

We whole-heartedly encourage you to reuse  in your personal life.  There are many ways to do this as a consumer e.g. buying secondhand or preloved goods or selling your own.  There are also many established routes to do this - such as via eBay, Freegle or GumTree.  Warp It is specifically for the exchange within of goods owned by the University.

 

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Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
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City
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EH1 1LT