MORE than 50 charity shops in Scotland have been approved by Revolve, the country’s re-use quality standard scheme.

The Salvation Army’s 53 shops are the first national chain of charity stores to be awarded the kitemark by Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation behind the Revolve certification scheme.

The certification involves adhering to rigorous quality assurance processes that guarantee customers high quality products, conforming to safety standards, as well as offering good value for money and great store layout and customer service. The addition of the Salvation Army to the network takes the new total of Revolve certified stores across Scotland to 148. Revolve stores are cashing in on consumers’ shifting attitudes towards second hand shopping with annual sales across the network at £36.9 million prior to the addition of the Salvation Army.

Shirley Morris, regional manager for Scotland at The Salvation Army, said: “We’re thrilled that 53 of our Scottish stores have been Revolve certified. The quality standard scheme is a fantastic way for us to show our customers that we are a trusted seller.”