Irvine second hand shop gets seal of approval with Revolve accreditation

Shoppers in Irvine can now seek out second hand bargains with the assurance of high quality and great customer service, as Irvine re-use store Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company becomes the first re-use shop in Ayrshire, and the 20th organisation in Scotland, to be awarded the Revolve mark, a national accreditation given to shops offering the highest possible standards in second hand goods.

20 May 14

The Revolve mark has been awarded to Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company by Zero Waste Scotland, and the scheme is part of its work to ensure that as many high quality items as possible are used again to help create a more sustainable economy. 

The store was awarded the accreditation for their commitment to customer service, a professional store layout, providing expertly reconditioned products and ensuring electrical items are safety tested and in good order. The store sells a wide range of furniture and electricals, including sofas, beds, tables, chairs, washing machines, cookers and fridges. To celebrate their accreditation, Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company is holding a special event this Saturday (24th May) with 10% off all stock.

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company said: “We’re delighted to receive the Revolve accreditation because we feel it reflects that fact that our store shows that second hand doesn’t mean second best. Everything that goes on display in the store is in excellent condition and perfect for people looking for a bargain, vintage pieces with character or setting up their first home on a budget. We’re proud to be working to ensure these items are being used again. I hope as many people as possible can make it down to our store on Saturday where they can save 10% on all items and grab an even bigger bargain.”

Sending household items to landfill is a major environmental issue, with over 12,000 tonnes of sofas and around 10,000 tonnes of washing machines going to landfill sites every year in Scotland.  Re-using these items has major benefits for the environmental and local economy. Currently 15% of sofas disposed of in Scotland are re-used, which generates £1.5 million to the Scottish economy in sales and employment, and saves 1500 tonnes of carbon emissions – the equivalent of taking around 500 cars off the road.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a great example of a re-use shop in Irvine. The Revolve standard is all about making the retail experience you have when buying second hand as good as when buying new, and Cunninghame Furniture is leading the way on this locally.

“Good quality items should be re-used rather than being sent to landfill to go to waste.  The growth of Scotland’s re-use sector is a huge opportunity to boost local economies, create new jobs, and ensure Scotland maximises the value of its resources.  Re-using our resources in this way is a key part of developing a more ‘circular’ economy in Scotland, where goods are re-used and remanufactured rather than being discarded.  Believe it or not, by shopping at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company, you are playing your part in helping Scotland develop a more resilient future economy.” 

Zero Waste Scotland is also working to help ensure as many items as possible are sent to re-use stores like Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company by encouraging anyone with large household items they no longer want to call the National Re-use Phone Line. By calling 0800 0665 820 you can arrange to have your old sofa, fridge or bed picked up and taken away to be re-used, saving you time, money and hassle and helping your local economy and environment at the same time.

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Notes For Editors

Notes to editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland works to maximise the efficient use of some of Scotland’s most valuable resources – materials, energy and water – to achieve economic and environmental benefits
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan.
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