“Second-hand” hops in Scotland that sell electrical appliances for re-use are now required to hold a stamp of approval from Resolve . 

Resolve is the quality standards scheme in Scotland for shops that sell items for reuse. 

This seems like a really good idea, read the full article from The National:

SCOTLAND’S second-hand shopping scene is thriving, with 150 stores and organisations now holding a stamp of approval from Revolve, the quality standard scheme for shops who sell items for reuse.

Transition Stirling, a community group that lends out tools and sells those which are surplus to the needs of its tool library, is the latest organisation to have been awarded the kitemark by Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind Revolve.

Its Stirling Tool Library is the 150th organisation to receive the Revolve certification after passing the scheme’s rigorous quality-assurance process which aims to revolutionise second-hand shopping by offering an excellent all-round experience

Emma Irwin, Project Manager at Transition Stirling said “Emma Erwin, project manager at Transition Stirling said:“We lend out items to our customers so that they don’t need to buy them new. Having achieved the Revolve certification, our customers can be completely confident that they are borrowing products which have been prepared to a high standard.

The scheme works just like an ordinary library, except instead of borrowing books customers can borrow all sorts of equipment such as sewing machines and drills, to gardening tools and cooking equipment. With the average drill reportedly used for fewer than 20 minutes in its entire life, the Tool Library allows people to loan what they need for as long as they need it, without having to buy the item new.

The store also has surplus equipment which it sells on as pre-loved items. All electrical items are thoroughly checked for safety and quality, as well as being PAT tested.

A recent survey commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland found that nearly half of Scots (45%) say if they can be assured of the quality, safety and cleanliness of goods, they are more likely to shop second hand.

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “By providing a wide range of tools and equipment, Stirling Tool Library gives people the opportunity to tackle tasks that may have been expensive otherwise but also alleviates the need to use more resources in manufacturing new equipment.”