Scotland has big plans to become a circular economy society and has just hit a new milestone on its journey: shoppers can buy quality second-hand goods at 100 individual re-use shops.
The hundred-strong network of shops selling used stuff are certified under the national Revolve kitemark, which guarantees customers will get high-quality products and excellent customer experience from a reputable retailer.
There are also three large-scale second-hand superstores recognised under the scheme: Blythswood Care in Dingwall, the Edinburgh Remakery and the brand-new online hub, ReStyle Argyll in Argyll and Bute.
"Re-use is one of the smartest ways in which we can keep products and materials out of landfill and in high-value use for longer," explains Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
"In Scotland we are working towards ambitious targets on waste, with no more than five per cent of all waste to go to landfill and 70 per cent of waste recycled or prepared for reuse by 2025."
According to Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind the whole programme, around 125,000 sofas and 365,000 TVs are still going to landfill each year in Scotland. But switching to a circular economy model – that is, using such products and their materials for longer and recycling them when they reach the end of their life – would help the environment, save money and support local communities.
Zero Waste Scotland has also announced that the Re-use Line, which organises free collections of unwanted furniture and white goods, had a record-breaking 928 items referred in July.