Rothesay re-use shop achieves quality accreditation

Fyne Futures is holding an open day at its ReStyle furniture re-use shop in Rothesay on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Fyne Futures is holding an open day at its ReStyle furniture re-use shop in Rothesay on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

A furniture store in Rothesay has achieved accreditation for a new Zero Waste Scotland quality standard.

Fyne Future’s ReStyle Shop, on the corner of Montague Street and Deanhood Place, is one of the first re-use organisations in Argyll and Bute to achieve accreditation for the new Revolve re-use quality standard offered by Zero Waste Scotland.

To celebrate their accreditation, ReStyle shop is holding an open day on Saturday, July 19 between 10.30 and 2.30pm, to showcase their new premises.

Revolve, Scotland’s national re-use quality standard, aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations.

A Zero Waste Scotland report reveals that more than 70 per cent of people believe that buying re-used goods offers good value and is often cheaper than buying new and Fyne Futures’ ReStyle shop Revolve accreditation will help to give shoppers confidence.

Caroline Speirs, Fyne Futures’ sales and marketing manager, and Anne Shaw, the operations manager for the organisation, said: “We are delighted that Fyne Futures ReStyle shop has been awarded Revolve accreditation. We feel by gaining the title we will see a boost in second-hand shopping as our customer experience is now

at a level which rivals high street shopping.

“We believe there is a strong market in providing people with a sustainable alternative, and look forward to building customer confidence and passing on good practice to other businesses in the re-use sector.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “The aim of Revolve is to support Scotland’s re-use organisations with advice, training and support to provide customers with a shopping experience that is comparable to the high street.

“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.”

Fyne Futures was set up in 2004 as a subsidiary company of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes to promote environmental sustainability on the island.