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Online second-hand hub for Argyll and Bute to make re-use mainstream

Scotland’s growing re-use revolution will reach the next level with the launch of a first of its kind re-use and repair ‘e-hub’.

19 Jun 17

ReStyle Argyll, which was launched on Friday 16 June and is funded by Zero Waste Scotland, will be a dedicated re-use and repair web portal. It will mean people can buy quality pre-loved goods from certified retailers and have them delivered direct to their door, as well as highlighting associated services such as upcycling courses.

Promoting large-scale re-use and repair is a key commitment set out in the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy, Making Thing Last, and is an important part of Zero Waste Scotland’s drive to transform the scale and economic impact of re-use shopping in Scotland.

Thousands of reusable items end up in landfill every year in Scotland, including around 125,000 sofas and around 365,000 TVs. Yet by keeping things in good use for longer people can save themselves money and help the environment. ReStyle Argyll will help drive re-use in Argyll and Bute and highlight it as a credible, quality shopping alternative to buying new – making high quality, affordable used goods accessible to people across the country, and changing shopping habits for many.

ReStyle Argyll will be the third re-use and repair hub to open in Scotland, and follows the launch of Blythswood Care’s Highlands hub in 2015 and the Edinburgh Remakery last year.

Not only will it allow people across Scotland to access good-quality, safety-certified second-hand furniture, household goods and bikes online from reliable retailers and from outwith their own communities, it will also give remote and island-based social enterprises Fyne Futures, of Bute; the GRAB Trust in Lorn and Oban; Kintyre Recycling; and Islay and Jura’s Re-JIG access to a regional customer base for the first time.

ReStyle Argyll will also be among the first in Scotland to use ‘shared capacity’ to get items to customers. The innovative partnership with courier service Menzies will see drivers use their vehicles to pick up goods and deliver them as part of normal delivery routes. The idea maximises resource efficiency by avoiding unnecessary vehicle emissions, while also making sure customers get the goods they have purchased within three days.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, said:

“Re-use and repair is one of the strongest ways of keeping valuable materials in circulation for as long as possible, which is central to our circular economy strategy, Making Things Last. We want the sale and use of second-hand goods to be seen as an attractive, mainstream, good value option for shoppers. Re-use hubs such as ReStyle Argyll can provide quality shopping experiences which can help to transform the scale and economic clout of re-use retail in Scotland.” 

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

“Re-use has a key role to play for Scotland’s economy and environment, helping people get better value from products by moving away from the model of buying items and throwing them out after little use.

“By keeping items out of landfill through passing them on and fixing them up, Scots can save themselves money, relieve pressure on scarce raw materials and help the environment, while also creating local jobs. It’s great to see businesses in Scotland realising and embracing the benefits of re-use, helping us to drive it into the mainstream by making affordable used goods accessible and desirable to people across Scotland.”

Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, General Manager, Fyne Futures, added: “It can often be difficult to access good quality pre-loved furniture and white goods in remote and rural communities, and costs associated with the supply chain can make it difficult for low income households to buy affordable goods. By working collaboratively across Argyll and Bute this partnership will seek to overcome these challenges, achieving benefits for our environment and contributing to a low carbon economy.”

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.
  • Zero Waste Scotland operates the Re-use Line, which enables householders to arrange for large reusable items to be collected for free and passed on to someone else. The Revolve quality standard for re-use organisations also assures customers buying second-hand that their purchases are from a credible retailer. Revolve, Scotland’s national re-use quality standard, aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations. All four businesses involved in Restyle Argyll are Revolve-certified.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is lead partner on the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, a £70m strategic intervention in the current round of European Structural and Investment Funds. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the Scottish Government website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • 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

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