Used Kitchen Exchange triumphs with Award for Sustainable Development

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Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Awards For Enterprise in recognition of its outstanding achievements for ‘Sustainable Development’ within the kitchen industry, one of only 225 organisations nationally to be recognised in this award category since its inception in 1993.

To date UKE’s partnership with retailers and manufacturers has saved over 12 million kgs of carbon, and with 40% of carbon emissions coming from households in the UK, UKE are playing a vital role in supporting the industry by ensuring resources are recirculated and emissions minimised.

The Sustainable Development Award is given to commercially successful products, services and management that benefit the environment, society and the economy. The 2022 Judging Panel commended UKE stating; “UKE has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because they demonstrate sustainable thinking throughout the whole product process and delivery, including influencing the wider kitchen supply industry.”

Upon receiving the accolade Helen Lord, UKE’s founder commented; “We are exceptionally proud and humbled to receive this prestigious award for Sustainable Development. Since our incorporation in 2015 we have invested heavily in developing our sustainability credentials. The success of UKE is a direct result of the passion and commitment shown by our team and the amazing support we have received from our kitchen industry partners. Together we have made massive inroads into improving sustainability and we look forward to further developing this within the wider KBB sector. “

Now in their 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

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