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Four in five Scots would welcome pre-loved gifts this Christmas

Four out of five Scots would be happy to receive a pre-loved gift this Christmas – but just under two thirds of those asked say they would be unlikely to buy one for someone else.

14 Dec 16

That's according to new research from Zero Waste Scotland, which is driving efforts to encourage people to re-use and repair more.

It shows 80% of Scots would welcome a second-hand gift, but 65% said they would think twice about buying pre-loved for someone else.

The findings are highlighted as Zero Waste Scotland prepares to welcome two high-street chains to Scotland’s national Revolve standard – a quality certification for second-hand shopping that that lets people know they are buying from a credible retailer.

Capability Scotland and Sense Scotland will add 18 stores to those achieving the Revolve standard, taking the total to 80 nationwide.

Revolve aims to make buying second-hand items a popular and positive experience. The survey from YouGov, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, also shows that 68% of Scots have purchased a second-hand item for themselves, and the main reasons they selected for doing so, or considering it in the future, were to find good quality items at lower prices (56%) or to find unique items (44%). However, only one quarter of Scots said they had ever gifted someone else a second-hand item.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “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.

"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.”

The most popular types of second-hand items purchased in Scotland, according to the survey, include (in order) books (72%), clothes (50%), furniture (44%), DVDs (43%), music CDs (39%), electronics (31%), fashion accessories (30%), baby items (19%) and shoes (19%).

Sophie Wilbraham, Head of Retail at Capability Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be part of Zero Waste Scotland’s campaign to encourage people to think charity shop when doing their Christmas shopping. At this time of year we have a fantastic selection of pre-loved items for the festive season including partywear, toys and gift ideas, and with our new Revolve accreditation the public can be confident in the quality of what they are buying.”

Andy Kerr, Chief Executive of Sense Scotland said: "We are delighted to receive this recognition of our commitment to quality in our shops in the West of Scotland. At this time of year our shops are busy within their local communities providing great gift ideas for Christmas while also receiving very welcome donations of pre-loved items. The Revolve accreditation ensures everyone can buy with confidence knowing that all our items are quality assured."

Find your nearest Revolve certified store.

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’s 2020 growth strategy.
  • Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and support services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland. For more information see www.capability-scotland.org.uk
  • Sense Scotland is on track to complete its Revolve certification process in early 2017. To find out more about Sense Scotland visit www.sensescotland.org.uk        
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s work can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . Keep up to date with our latest news on - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1002 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th November to 2nd December 2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).

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