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New café sails to success thanks to second hand store

Sustainability and second hand items support opening of The Paper Boat on picturesque Loch Tay

19 Jul 19

A local community café is enjoying a bright new look featuring high-quality furniture and accessories following support from Revolve certified store, Lorn and Oban Reuse Initiative (LORI).

Kenmore based café, The Paper Boat, is the latest local food and drink retailer to pursue innovative ways of reducing costs and increasing sustainability.

Rather than buying new, the startup café decided to re-use and upcycle a variety of quality second hand furniture from Revolve certified store LORI.

Founded in 2009, LORI, an initiative of the GRAB Trust, aims to rework furniture and household goods and provide them with new homes before their disposal, in a bid to decrease local waste.

With help from LORI, the café was able to open its doors earlier this year and has upcycled over 50 items, including real-wood dining tables and chairs.

Café owner Bridget Woolnough worked alongside her mother, who lives in Oban, for six weeks to upcycle the items to match the interior theme and be ready for the rigours of café life.  

Bridget said: “Using re-used and upcycled goods wasn’t only a money-saving option. I found it so rewarding to revamp items that made my vision of a Scandi-Scottish café come to life.

“'We are really pleased that people donated their furniture to LORI,  and it was a joy to bring the furniture a new life.”

The Revolve kitemark awarded to LORI by Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind Revolve, guarantees customers high-quality products, which conform to safety standards, as well as offering good value for money, fantastic store layout and great customer service. Currently, there are 149 Revolve certified nationwide offering a wide range of pre-loved items from clothes and furniture to white goods and bikes.

Schemes such as LORI ensure that pre-loved goods are kept out of the landfill and are transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces for new owners to enjoy.

Graham Love, General Manager of The GRAB Trust, said:

“LORI is a fantastic community resource, our staff and volunteers are committed to keeping pre-loved goods in use and out of landfill.

“I am struck by the generosity of those who donate their pre-loved goods to LORI and the creativity of our customers who can see the quality and potential in vintage items looking for a second life! Having conversations and helping customers to realise their dreams and ambitions through our reuse service is hugely rewarding.”    

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

“Revolve is always aiming to help the environment by giving pre-loved items a new lease of life and it’s even better when we can support a local business as well as the wider community.

“The Revolve certification means our customers always know that they’re going to find great top-quality items in the store and save money, as well as do something positive for the environment.”

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted, with the goal of helping Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.

For further details and to find your local Revolve store visit www.revolvereuse.com

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 the delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland through via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  • Attitudes to second hand shopping survey data - 1,000 respondents in Scotland aged 16+ from all social class demographics polled through Mind’s Eye.

For media enquiries contact:

Jamie MacDonald

Mobile 07976 412 034

Email Jamie.MacDonald@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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