Digital Reuse

We make ‘returning’ easy so that items can be used again and again.

From closed loop to open loop – we inspire and reward people for good reuse behaviour.
Bringing circularity to your sales.

Leading the way

More than ever, there has been a willingness by organisations to test, learn and explore different reuse scenarios and systems as a way to increase circularity and reduce carbon.

Key to a successful system is citizen convenience, ease, and engagement.

re-universe offers a simple 2 or 3 step process for citizens to take part. At the back end, the technology identifies the item, engages and rewards the citizen upon return and brings transparency and traceability and rich data and insights on citizen behaviour.

Independent research has highlighted that our technology is “very easy” for people to use.

Digital Returnable Cup System

Our Digital Returnable Cup system was recently launched at Blenheim Palace.

Collaborating with Circular&Co. and Unisan to engage and incentivise Blenheim visitors to return their cups for reuse.

We are excited to roll this system out in 2023 – coming to a coffee shop near you!

 

Any item – any return point

re-universe can capture any item at any return point.

From reusable cups and food containers through to textiles and tyres, we look forward to working with you on your next circular project.

 

 

Textiles

“For too long fashion has used resources in a take, make and replace way with most items destined for landfill. This is clearly unsustainable. Fashion needs new solutions that are simple to use and engage citizens to do the right thing to reduce, reuse or recycle”

Karen Bendell – re-universe Board Advisor.

re-universe are proud to be founding members of Textiles 2030.

Memberships

Collaborations

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

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

Want to find out more?
Drop us an email πŸ‘‰ 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).

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 code agnostic – we can either create the unique codes for you, or work with your unique codes. We are GS1 partners.

Do you want to improve your
Recycling behaviour?

We can help you achieve your DRS, EPR & sustainability targets. re-universe (previously Reward4Waste) is an app that rewards you for recycling. If you are a business and want to find out more, fill out the form to the right and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact us today to find out more