A huge 80 per cent of Scots would welcome a second-hand present this Christmas and 68 per cent have bought a used item for themselves – but 65 per cent would not buy a pre-loved gift for someone else.
For those who do buy second-hand items, the most popular in Scotland is books (72 per cent), followed by clothes (50 per cent), furniture (44 per cent), DVDs (43 per cent), music CDs (39 per cent), electronics (31 per cent), fashion accessories (30 per cent), baby items (19 per cent) and shoes (19 per cent). The reasons given for buying pre-loved included finding good quality items at lower prices (56 per cent) and tracking down unique items (44 per cent).
The findings came from a YouGov survey commissioned by circular and sharing economy group Zero Waste Scotland, which is adding two high-street chains – Capability Scotland and Sense Scotland – to its line-up for Revolve-certified shops.
"This Christmas we are urging people to think before they buy. Buying second-hand from a Revolve certified store means you can bag a bargain and give something unique, help others by supporting good causes and be kinder to the planet by keeping items in use," explains Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland.
"People may worry that friends and family won't be happy with a second-hand gift, but these new figures show the majority of people would actually welcome a pre-loved gift. Now that there are over 80 Revolve certified shops across the country, including high-street branches of Sense Scotland and Capability Scotland, it has never been easier to find a place to shop second-hand with confidence."