Returns platform for circularity

re-universe helps organisations enable reuse or recycling initiatives

Different models available including deposit return, penalty and rewards alongside RFID track and trace

Mobile or non-mobile participation makes it even easier for people to return items

Whatever scheme you are looking for, we deliver a frictionless user experience

Switching to reuse couldn’t be simpler

We bring an intelligent, data-driven approach that delivers a 90% container return rate with a scheme to suit your environment

Deposit return – Penalty – Reward – Track & Trace

Frictionless returns with high engagement and rich data and insights

This is the future for all returnable packaging

See the returnable cup system in action at Blenheim Palace.

In collaboration with our friends at Circular&Co.

What are you waiting for?

Chat to us about eradicating single use packaging with re-universe hello@re-universe.com

Our Projects

Returnable Cup Platform

Eradicate single-use cups with re-universe. Our tech platform offers clients the option of  deposit, penalty or rewards to engage users to return reusable cups for reuse. Our pioneering technology makes it easy for people to take part and easy for organisations to integrate into their business without the need to refund people at till.

Tried and tested at Blenheim Palace in collaboration with Circular&Co. and rolled out across the Blenheim estate; our data driven platform is economically viable and scalable.

 

Returns made easy

Coming this summer, we are launching tap-and-go models for both deposit and penalty return options

This means citizens can take part in reuse without needing their phone to scan the reusable or the return point. They simply pay a deposit or have a ‘hold’ placed on their card and return the cup for reuse in a smart return point. This immediately validates the return and pays the deposit back or lifts the hold.

Deposit Return Schemes

Maximum returns with minimal hassle.

Pioneers of Digital DRS, we’ve run DRS schemes for single-use and reusable containers, bringing ease and convenience to all who participate

Our 2 world-first pilots on single-use drinks containers saw high engagement and an impressive 94% return rate

Recycling

We collaborated with evian and Wimbledon at The Championships 2022, engaging visitors to return their bottles for recycling through a scan, recycle, win promotion.

No need to download an app to take part, visitors simply scanned the code on the drinks container or return point to automatically open the return platform.

#scanrecyclewin

Collaborations

News & Views

Reuse Resolution

January 3, 2024 | Blog
Written by Kyryl

No Disposable Cup Day

October 4, 2023 | Blog
Written by Rachel Warren

Making reuse a reality

September 4, 2023 | Blog
Written by Rachel Warren

FAQs

We are known as pioneers in digital returns, having run 2 world-first Digital DRS projects in 2020/2021 and in 2022 we collaborated with Danone on an evian project at Wimbledon, reaching over 500,00 visitors. Our cup reuse project can be found at Blenheim Palace and is due to roll out this summer 2023.

Please get in touch and we can chat through how re-universe can work in your organisation.

1. Transforming consumer behaviour around reuse and recycling – the app incentivises and rewards consumers for good behaviour, whilst having the ability to bring transparency and traceability to the supply chain

2. Bringing incremental economic value through the recycled and re-used items – a true circular economy

3. Immutable, secure and auditable – tracking packaging end to end with smarter solutions

4. Capturing data and insights over time to understand consumer behaviour

5. Depending on the scheme, re-universe can work within existing waste management and infrastucture – reducing costs and carbon footprint

6. re-universe offers a real chance to accelerate change and make a positive difference

7. re-universe brings consumer ease to reuse and recycling

All of our live projects can be found on our website, we are working on a number of projects yet to appear so watch this space!

If you would like to talk to us about a potential collaboration please get in touch at hello@re-universe.com

We are not currently raising funds through external funding rounds.

However, we are always interested in talking to potential investors, particularly those who can bring relevant knowledge and experience.

If you are interested in potentially investing in us then please contact us by emailing hello@re-universe.com

With billions of single use coffee cups ending up UK in landfill every year, it’s encouraging to see the rise in returnable and reusable cup schemes.

There really is no excuse for single use – but for mass engagement and take-up reuse has to be easy and frictionless.

So what’s the answer?

We believe it is re-universe. Our pioneering digital returns platform drives behavioural change and brings rich data and insights.

Tried and tested at Blenheim Palace in collaboration with Circular&Co. and rolling out across the summer, over 95% of users have said the platform is easy/very easy to use.

If you are looking for a return-for-reuse cup scheme that offers the below benefits (and more!) then get in touch…

😁 Consumer benefits
👍 No need to download an app
👍 No need to register bank details before use
👍 Return simply through tech-enabled returns
👍 Get deposit back into nominated bank account with minimal / no bank charges – quickly, easily, securely
👍 Donate to charity or have a floating deposit that can be used again and again

😁 Brand benefits
👍 Behavioural change insights to drive returns
👍 Validation of returns to reduce fraud
👍 Rich data and insights
👍 Cup-to-cup traceability
👍 Measurable scheme
👍 Multi-lingual and multi-brand
👍 Future-proofed for scaleability

Want to find out more?
Drop us an email 👉 hello@re-universe.com
We’d love to hear from you.

Deposit return schemes (DRS) are becoming more and more common all around the world. When you purchase a drink in a plastic bottle (in some cases glass) you’ll be charged a small deposit at point of purchase. When you return the bottle for recycling, you will receive your deposit back.

How your deposit is returned to you is dependent on how the country runs their DRS. In some nations, you’ll need to return the bottle to a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at a superstore or other retail location. In other countries, the bottle will need to be returned to a designated recycling point (like a council run tip or waste management site). Regardless of the location, the deposit is always able to be claimed back.

The UK government has announced a DRS will be introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2024, with Scotland looking to introduce a DRS earlier.

re-universe have developed a system where deposits for beverage containers will be returned through an app that gives an instant reward or loyalty card style collection of points dependent on how the consumer wishes to be rewarded for recycling. This is known as Digital DRS and we are known in the industry as the Digital DRS pioneers.

We have run 2 World-first projects in Northern Ireland and Dublin and look forward to running more Digital DRS projects in the future.

We are really excited to be working with Blenheim Palace to eradicate single use, starting with cups, using our pioneering digital returnable cup scheme this summer, in collaboration with Circular&Co.

We couldn’t be prouder!

“We are rolling out a digital return-for-reuse cup scheme, eradicating single-use cups across Blenheim Palace. This important initiative eradicates single-use cups across Blenheim and reflects our commitment to becoming carbon neutral on scopes 1-3 of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol by 2027.

Visitors to Blenheim will be offered the choice of a ceramic or returnable cup when they purchase a hot drink. They will pay a deposit which they will get back when they return the cup for reuse.

Using pioneering digital technology from re-universe, there is no need to download an app or register before use. This was important to us because we want our visitors to be able to buy a coffee quickly and easily – without adding friction to their visit. When the cup is returned visitors are offered multiple options, including the ability to get their refund back digitally, donate to charity or other green initiatives.

We’ve been working with re-universe and Circular&Co. on this groundbreaking project for many months, which included running a pilot and learning and optimising in readiness for full rollout this summer.

We look forward to sharing lessons learnt and best practices to help other like-minded organisations jump on board and eradicate single use.”

David Green – Head of Innovation

re-universe technology is the cornerstone of many recycling and reuse projects that you may already be involved in! Please look at our website for more information.

Global smartphone ownership grows daily. According to recent research, in the UK 95% of all households in the UK own a mobile phone, with 78% of those using a smart phone and this number is growing fast.

Having an app based solution makes re-universe easy and convenient to use, however, for those without a smart phone, we have a home scan option.

re-universe uses GS1 global standards unique codes, or serialisation, which are placed on each individual item (either on the physical product or a receipt). We also use RFID technology for track and trace benefits.

Digitisation is without doubt the future of a true circular economy, allowing for traceability of waste, immutability, flexibility, rich insights and data – for cradle to grave accountability.

We are GS1 partners.

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