What is Warp It?
Warp It is a customisable online peer to peer redistribution network for organisations.
Warp It makes it very easy for individuals in an organisation to share or give surplus
items to individuals inside the same organisation in the first instance. If items
are not required within the primary organisation they can be passed onto partners.
Warp It brings the unused into use, saving money, avoiding carbon emissions and
landfill. The eco tool improves sustainability, reduces waste, reduces spend and
improves internal/external collaboration and resilience. Warp It is part of the
circular and collaborative economy- the tool is also considered to be part of the
collaborative consumption movement.
Why has Warp It been developed?
Even in well managed best practice organisations, unwanted items in good condition
are being wasted, whether they are in storage, being saved for a “rainy day” or
is just being thrown out. A combination of space and time pressures and lack of
easy communications, are the main reasons why good quality items are wasted. Warp
it makes transfer of ownership quick and easy due to better communications.
Who uses Warp It?
Any organisation who is concerned with resource efficiency, waste, carbon, environmental
issues or waste minimisation. Organisations who are interested in collaborating-
sometimes called shared services- with other organisations use the service a great
deal. Our main customers are Universities, Municipal Councils, Government departments
and large private sector business. These types of organisation use the service for
internal redistribution as well as sharing with approved partners. We are also popular
with startups and SMEs who are able to access surplus corporate resources. We are
also popular with business parks, green business club and other enterprise membership
organisations who use the service to set up a facility so that their members can
trade between themselves.
How does Warp It work?
The web application works by linking together individuals (contributors) who loan/give
resources , with individuals (recipients) in the same or different organisations
who require the resource to reuse as part of their operations/activities or service.
Warp It clients use a bespoke web portal, where unwanted resources are advertised
to interested subscribers, via email and/or online. A recipient from the client
organisation or a partner organisation claims the resource and then arranges the
collection. The legal transfer of ownership declaration is completed by both parties
What items can be reused through Warp It?
Mostly furniture, electrical equipment, office consumables (such as stationery and
ink jet cartridges) , lab equipment, supplies and medical equipment. We have even
had Turkish CDs and bone china transferred! As long as it is legal it can be transferred.
Individuals have to abide by the terms and conditions.
What are Warp It clubs?
A Warp It club is a reciprocal sharing network between related organisations. If
there are a number of organisations in the same local area (where local sharing
is convenient) or sharing similar activities (eg labs, engineering, medicine) then
they can be linked on Warp It by setting up a Warp It club. This increases the range
and frequency of items passing between organisations, thereby using items and equipment
What are the benefits over using existing email systems to advertise items?
This system is easy and encourages community and co-operation, thereby facilitating
better participation, management and control. The system makes it easy for all parties-
which encourages mass participation. Each transaction is recorded and monitored.
Every participant is registered. This means that waste and liability legal concerns
are obliged. Carbon, recycling and financial information on each transaction is
recorded which allows the production of management reports, important for carbon
financial and CSR reporting.
We don't have storage so how can we benefit?
In the main there is a direct transfer of equipment between owner and claimant,
so Warp It also negates the need for any intermediate storage. This makes for a
user friendly, efficient way of getting the best value out of unwanted resources.
We already have storage and use it to exchange furniture and items- how does Warp
The Warp It system will complement your existing storage swap shop system in a few
ways. As Warp It allows users to communicate easily it means in the majority of
cases a home can be found for the item without having to transfer it to storage.
This means there is no double handling, taking out the storage link in the removal
chain, reducing damage to goods and H&S risks. It will also reduce the need for
people to walk around your store, as the items are displayed on line. Warp It also
acts as a stock management system.
What happens if unwanted resources are not claimed?
If your organisation has the space to store the item it will be transferred to storage.
Or after a specific time, resources can be passed to 3rd party partners using Warp
it clubs. If the reciprocating sharing network cannot find a home for the equipment
and there is no storage, the item can be passed on for reuse by local partners such
as charities, businesses or schools.
Who is responsible for uploading equipment onto the system?
The staff upload information about the equipment they are offering. The upload process
is very easy.
Who is responsible for arranging the transfer and transport of items?
The collection of items is to be arranged between the contributor and the requesting
party. It is the requesting parties responsibility to arrange collection of the
item/equipment. There is a facility to incorporate the client’s internal transfer/removal
systems, such as portering systems. Any costs including labour, packaging and transport
are to be covered by the recipient.
Who is responsible for ensuring that the items that are transferred are usable,
safe and appropriate?
To abide by waste legislation and liability issues the guidelines must be followed.
It is the responsibility of the contributing party to ensure that items are described
correctly and the guidelines are followed. It is the requesting parties responsibility
to ensure the item/equipment is safe and appropriate before using. All users must
agree with the terms on registration.
What happens if the item that is transferred is then unwanted by the receiving party?
It is the receiver’s responsibility to re advertise the item.
Can staff use the system to trade their own goods?
How do you work out the financial savings of Warp It?
Each item is given an average replacement value using public sector contract prices.
Each item is also given waste disposal financial value. These figures are updated
annually. For more detail on this process please contact us.
How do you work out the reuse/ recycling rate/weight?
Using established references and methods each item is given an average weight. Every
transaction/ item that is reused is added to the running reuse total which is measured
in KG. For more detail on this process please contact us.
How do you work out the carbon emissions savings of items transferred?
Every item transferred saves on carbon emissions because a new item does not have
to be purchased. Using established references and methods each item is given carbon
dioxide equivalent (CO2e) value (KG). For more detail on this process please contact
How does Warp It save time?
- 1) The system is designed so that the staff upload information about the equipment
they are offering. So instead of making a request for disposal as they normally
would , the task of adding the item is given to the disposer. No additional time/resource
spent- but a change in behaviours required.
- 2) Instead of the disposal contractor, porter (or equivalent) moving the item from
old owner to disposal, skip or store- the item is taken to the new internal owner
directly. Or if a new owner is not found internally the item is moved to store OR
a 3rd party collects. No additional time/resource spent- but a change in behaviours
required. Theer is a time and cost saving if a 3rd party collects.
- 3) In large organisations, in the main there is a direct transfer of equipment between
owner and claimant internally, so Warp It negates the need for any intermediate
storage. There is a time saving here as only one move instead of 2 (old owner>store>new
- 4) Every internal trade negates the need for a quote/purchase order/invoice. This
is an approximate 30 minutes time saving for each transaction.
In "theory" the service saves time but it depends on how it is implemented into
policy and requires a change to practice. The above is a medium/long term, incremental,
behaviour change goal.
Is Warp It secure?
Log in is encrypted. Access to your bespoke Warp It is password protected. Staff
from the subscribing client organisation can register automatically. Individuals
who do not work within the subscribing client organisation (such as representatives
from charities, schools and SMEs) will only be given access if they are authorised
by the superuser. Members of Warp It clubs can view other club members listings.