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Revolve goes from Strength-to-Strength as first private sector businesses certified

The addition of two of Scotland’s leading for-profit re-use companies to its list of certified organisations is boosting Zero Waste Scotland’s Revolve brand as it continues to go from strength to strength.

Revolve, Scotland’s re-use quality standard, is expanding both its number of certified organisations but also its scope and reach, as Nathan’s Wastesavers Ltd and Re-tek UK Ltd have now been announced as its first fully certified private sector businesses.

It’s great for Revolve, and a boon for the businesses themselves, as Revolve certified status represents a unique commitment to quality and continuous improvement for re-use businesses. It’s an attractive badge to hold, and this is now being rolled out across a wider range of businesses than the not-for-profit third sector where the Revolve standard began, with major charity retailers and now private sector businesses successfully achieving certification.

The logo assures customers that they are buying from a great re-use retailer committed to providing only the highest quality second hand products and excellent customer service.

Since celebrating its 50th certified store last year, Revolve has expanded rapidly and has now just certified its 100th store. The group comprises a wide range of stores across Scotland selling great quality furniture, household items, clothes, white goods, carpets, baby equipment and bikes. Sense Scotland is the latest charity to achieve Revolve certification for eight of its stores in the west of Scotland.

Revolve markets its certified shops to customers as places where they can find unique or one-off items, great quality for less, as well as items with character that are made to last – in keeping with the circular economy philosophy that underpins re-use.

Historically, independent third sector re-use outlets as the main face of second-hand retail in Scotland, have been the lynchpin of Revolve.

However, that’s now changing with the addition of UK-leading, Scotland-based private sector re-use businesses Nathan’s Wastesavers and IT asset recovery firm Re-tek to its portfolio of certified businesses. The addition of these innovative, sector leading and Scotland-based firms expands Revolve’s reach and shows its value to re-use organisations large and small, and however new or well-established.

Reshaping our economy to be more circular and less dependent on traditional take, make and dispose models is part of our future, and Scotland is leading the way. Revolve is a key plank of the re-use development work being taken forward by Zero Waste Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Making Things Last strategy. Scotland’s ambition and achievements in this area were recognised in January this year when Scotland won the Circulars Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions.

The certification is also an important badge of quality which allows Nathan’s and Retek to give their existing and potential customers assurance of the kind of products and services they provide, as well as their ambitions to be part of the circular economy.

By joining the growing number of independently certified Revolve standard organisations these businesses show themselves to be well-placed to take advantage of this.

Zero Waste Scotland, which manages the Revolve brand, welcomes these new organisations as furthering the ambition for it to become the ‘must-have’ standard for re-use businesses in all sectors across the board.

About Nathans and Re-tek

Nathan’s Wastesavers, Scotland’s largest and one of the UK’s largest textile recyclers based in Denny, Stirlingshire and, market-leading IT re-use company Re-tek, based in East Kilbride, are the first private sector businesses to become fully certificated Revolve organisations, a ground-breaking development for the Revolve brand and an exciting development for the businesses themselves, communicating their commitment to quality and professionalism to their customers and showcasing their ambitions to be part of the emerging circular economy in Scotland.

Nathans, founded in 1903, is one of the UK’s largest textile recycling companies. Over 250 people sort, grade and process over 600 tonnes of textile material every week. The firm is committed to creating and protecting jobs in the UK and export our recycled products to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Award-winning IT re-use firm Re-tek has worked closely with Zero Waste Scotland as one of our exemplar Circular Economy companies. The firm operates an ‘incentivised return’ business model, repairing and refurbishing used IT products and selling to new owners, sharing the revenue with the previous owner.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

'I’m delighted to welcome Nathan’s Wastesavers and Re-tek as the first private sector Revolve certified businesses – this shows that Revolve is valuable to all re-use businesses, in the profit and non-profit sectors.

'The emergence of the circular economy is set to have a transformative effect here and around the world, creating new jobs and business opportunities and conserving valuable resources. Businesses like Nathan’s and Re-tek, which both have a track record in developing new, more resource efficient practices, show themselves to be ahead of the curve in grasping the opportunities the circular economy offers, as well as demonstrating an environmental awareness that does not only have to be the preserve of third sector businesses and social enterprises. I would like to congratulate these private sector businesses for their forward thinking and I hope others will follow their lead in due course and come and talk to us about Revolve certification.'

'Re-Tek is delighted to be the first private sector business to achieve the Revolve accreditation', said Evelyn Toma, Managing Director.  'Revolve is now widely recognised as a leading re-use standard and this award further demonstrates our leadership in the application of circular economy practices to high volume, highly secure IT Asset Disposal. Re-tek’s certification will hopefully encourage other private sector organisations to embrace the programme to develop their quality standards and improve their offering in the re-use sector.'  

Peter Page, National Recycling Manager at Nathans Wastesavers said, 'We decided to apply for certification to formalise all our individual procedures throughout the whole company. The accreditation helped us see what we were doing well and where we had some weaknesses.

'The most pleasing aspect of the process was that everyone bought into it. Production staff, drivers, supervisors, managers and directors all backed the need to get the accreditation and contributed from an early stage. We are hoping that Revolve certification will allow us to push for more, previously unobtainable, contracts thereby assisting charities and councils alike to fulfil their re-use targets and circular economy ambitions.'

To find out more about what Revolve offers or to discuss certification, visit the website or contact the team on enquiries@revolvereuse.com

Zero Waste Scotland is the country’s circular economy expert. It exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted, helping businesses to develop circular practices and ideas through financial and practical support, as well as gathering robust evidence to guide policy.

Zero waste Scotland is funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last, and we receive additional funding to support the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.

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