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Second hand shopping in Scotland is thriving

150th store is celebrating receiving the Revolve quality stamp of approval

16 Jul 19

Scotland’s second-hand shopping scene is thriving, with 150 stores and organisations now holding a stamp of approval from Revolve, the quality standard scheme for shops who sell items for re-use.

Transition Stirling, a community group that lends out tools and sells those which are surplus to the needs of its Tool Library, is the latest organisation to have been awarded the kitemark by Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind Revolve.

Stirling Tool Library is the 150th organisation to receive the Revolve certification, after passing the scheme’s rigorous quality assurance process, which aims to revolutionise second hand shopping by offering an excellent all-round experience. 

Stirling Tool Library works just like an ordinary library, except instead of borrowing books customers can borrow all sorts of equipment, such as sewing machines and drills, to gardening tools and cooking equipment. With the average drill reportedly used for fewer than 20 minutes in its entire life, the Tool Library allows people to loan what they need for as long as they need it, without having to buy the item new.

The store also has surplus tools and equipment which it sells on as pre-loved items. All electrical items are thoroughly checked for safety and quality, as well as being PAT tested.

By giving shoppers the confidence in the products they are buying or renting and the shops they are visiting, Revolve aims to increase the use of second hand goods over new. This is achieved by ensuring all items have been extensively quality and safety tested.

The team has now proudly displayed their Revolve certification, demonstrating to its customers the quality finds, great prices and excellent customer service to be found inside. 

Emma Erwin, Project Manager at Transition Stirling said: “We lend out items to our customers so that they don’t need to buy them new. Having achieved the Revolve certification, our customers can be completely confident that they are borrowing products which have been prepared to a high standard.” 

A recent survey commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind the Revolve standard, found that nearly half of Scots (45%) say if they can be assured of the quality, safety and cleanliness of goods, they are more likely to shop second hand. 

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, added: “By providing a wide range of tools and equipment, Stirling Tool Library gives people the opportunity to tackle tasks that may have been expensive otherwise but also alleviates the need to use more resources in manufacturing new equipment.

“With 150 stores now in possession of Revolve certification, shoppers know they can be sure the stores they are shopping in and the items they are buying and borrowing reach the highest standards of quality. This saves money and is a positive step in protecting our environment.”

With many consumers seeking more sustainable lifestyles, Zero Waste Scotland is urging shoppers to look for the Revolve logo as a store’s guarantee of quality. 

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted, with the goal of helping Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.

For further details and to find your local Revolve store visit www.revolvereuse.com


Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram
  • Attitudes to second hand shopping survey data - 1,000 respondents in Scotland aged 16+ from all social class demographics polled through Mind’s Eye.



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