Sense Scotland leads the way in encouraging re-use

The Revolve quality kitemark, operated by Zero Waste Scotland, aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations. There are now 117 Revolve certified stores across Scotland.

Every year, thousands of re-usable items needlessly end up in landfill in Scotland, including around 125,000 sofas and around 365,000 TVs. Yet by choosing to buy from or donate to re-use stores people can help keep valuable products and materials in use for longer – saving money, supporting local communities, and protecting the environment in the process.

Sense Scotland stores offer quality re-use goods including furniture and electrical goods, clothes and accessories, and books and toys. The organisation has 17 charity shops located on high streets across Scotland, and goods donated to be sold raise much needed income to support disabled children and adults.

Sam Moir, Revolve Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The aim of Revolve is to provide Scotland’s re-use organisations with advice, training and support to provide customers with the reassurance that goods are safe and of good quality, and a shopping experience that is comparable to buying new. For that reason it’s fantastic to have Sense Scotland on board, joining over 100 Revolve certified re-use organisations across the country.

“We want to increase the appeal of re-use, develop a sector of customer-focussed organisations selling high quality products, and increase shoppers’ confidence in buying previously-owned goods. This will not only help Scotland make the best possible use of the resources we have, it will also generate income and jobs for the local economy from goods that would otherwise have cost money to dispose of.”

Mairi Morrison, Head of Business Development, Sense Scotland, said:

“We want our customers to be confident that the items they buy are safe, good quality and fit for purpose, and that’s just one of the benefits of being Revolve certified. By purchasing goods from Sense Scotland’s shops people are supporting our work with disabled people and their families, helping to reduce the impact of waste on the environment, and acquiring quality items which have been thoroughly checked.

“It is a win-win situation whichever way you look at it, and we are delighted to have achieved this accreditation.”

To find out more about Revolve, Scotland’s re-use quality standard, visit