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New research shows 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 (65%) of those asked say they would be unlikely to buy one for someone else. That’s according to our new research, which is driving efforts to encourage people to re-use and repair more.

The findings are highlighted as we prepare 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.

The survey from YouGov we commissioned also shows that 68% of Scots have purchased a second-hand item for themselves. 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%). Despite this, only one quarter of Scots said they had ever gifted someone else a second-hand item.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said the survey results show buying second-hand can be a popular and positive experience. He 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.”

Find your nearest Revolve certified store. Or share your own second-hand finds on Twitter using the hashtag #secondhandfind

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