Shopping second hand has a positive social and economic impact, creating jobs, and benefitting communities.

That is the positive message from the Salvation Army shop in Largs which has received the stamp of approval from Revolve, Scotland’s re-use quality standard scheme.

Re-use of products and materials is beneficial for the environment as it reduces the demand on natural resources and drives down waste, and the charity shop in Aitken Street is the latest in the country to be awarded the kitemark by Zero Waste Scotland.

The shop applies 'rigorous quality assurance processes that guarantee customers high quality products, conforming to safety standards, as well as offering unbeatable value for money, fantastic store layout and great customer service'.

Revolve aims to revolutionise second hand shopping by offering an excellent all-round experience, giving shoppers the confidence in the products they are buying and the shops they are visiting.

This is achieved by ensuring all items have been quality and safety tested.

Shirley Morris, Regional Manager for the Salvation Army, said: “It also helps improve store processes and consistency as well as providing professional retail support and advice for store staff.

"The quality standard scheme is a fantastic way for us to show our customers that we are a trusted seller that is committed to safety, quality and excellent customer service.

"Shopping second hand also has a positive social and economic impact, creating jobs and benefitting communities."

Iain Guilliand, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, added: “As we aim to encourage people to buy second hand as first choice, working with such a well-loved organisation will help to increase confidence in second hand goods and the stores that supply them.

"The Revolve scheme gives customers extra reassurance when purchasing pre-loved items and with shopper habits changing to focus more on value and sustainability.”

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.

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