A new second-hand superstore has been opened with support from Zero Waste Scotland.
Blythswood Care’s Dingwall Superstore is based in the Highlands and secured Zero Waste Scotland funding and support following a call last year for collaborative bids from private, third and public sector groups.
The store in Dingwall features a repair club with staff demonstrating sewing skills and furniture repairs to the general public.
But Blythswood has also teamed up with Revolve accredited reuse businesses from around Scotland, including Glasgow-based Spruce Carpet and Second Opportunities as well as Inverness-based Everything Baby.
This means it offers customers a choice of goods from furniture and kitchen appliances to carpets and rugs, bric a brac, toys, clothes, prams and baby goods.
Zero Waste Scotland head of circular economy Louise McGregor said: “We will be rolling out more superstores across Scotland this year, aiming to take the reuse sector to the next level, and make it a big player in Scotland’s retail sector.
“As well as preventing items going to landfill needlessly, encouraging consumers to choose reuse helps boost the Scottish economy and create local jobs – all part of reducing our reliance on an unsustainable economic model of take, make and dispose.”
Blythswood Care chief executive James Campbell added: “This new Revolve accredited Blythswood superstore will make a great contribution to the Christian organisation’s social care projects and home and abroad.
“Blythswood currently runs eight food banks in Scotland, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre in Easter Ross. Blythswood is unique in that we are a UK-wide charity based in the Highlands. We really appreciate the support of donors and shoppers in Dingwall and the surrounding area.”