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Leading re-use organisations gain national quality standard

Re-use organisations from across the country come together today on Earth Day to celebrate gaining the Revolve re-use quality standard.

23 Apr 13

Ten more Scottish organisations have recently received the new national accreditation, including Recyke-a-Bike in Stirling, Spruce Carpets in Glasgow and New Start Highland in Inverness.  They gathered together today (22 April) in Stirling, along with existing accredited organisations for awards ceremony to present the accreditation from Zero Waste Scotland.

Revolve is Scotland’s national re-use quality standard and aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations.

Zero Waste Scotland created the Revolve re-use quality standard to raise awareness of the country’s re-use sector and to increase shoppers’ confidence in buying previously-owned goods.  

Between them the accredited organisations sell a wide variety of re-used items including bicycles, furniture and homeware, carpets and clothing.  They accept donations of unwanted, good quality items from the public and most run training and/or volunteering programmes for staff.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Re-use provides enormous benefits to the environment, giving items a longer life and diverting tonnes of valuable materials from ending up in landfill.

“Revolve aims to lead a change towards a sector of customer-focused organisations selling high quality products, and increase shopper’s confidence.  This is vital if we are to make the best possible use of the resources we have.

“These organisations are fantastic examples of how this funding can help kick start this change in perception of re-use and we’re looking forward to assisting more organisations to receive accreditation.”

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