There was a great buzz ‘doon the watter’ on Friday 16th June around the formal launch of Restyle Argyll which was held in the Victoria Hotel on Rothesay’s sea front.
We had expected some photobombing from the island itself but it was so misty that a clear photograph of the bay was impossible on the day. The launch was no less enjoyable for that.
Restyle Argyll will be the third reuse and repair hub to open in Scotland along with Blythswood Care’s Highlands hub in 2015 and the Edinburgh Remakery last year.
This initiative changes the landscape somewhat on reuse, repair and recycling to bring it into line with a more consumer friendly retail based approach, allowing customers to purchase from outside their own area and have goods delivered through ‘shared capacity’ by all those involved. They will use a common branding and the webstore will be jointly administered by the partners.
Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, General Manager of Fyne Futures, https://youtu.be/RHIJStoJj9E and power house behind Restyle Argyll, welcomed Iain Gulland from Zero Waste and David Wood from CRNS on the pier whilst the Lord Provost of Argyll & Bute Len Scoullar met them in the function suite at the Victoria Hotel.
Mr Scoullar opened the proceedings and he was followed by a short presentation from Reeni on the journey from Fyne Futures in Rothesay, Rejig from Islay, The Grab Trust from Lorn and Oban, and Kintyre Recycling in Campbeltown to Restyle Argyll. This was no mean feat as these areas are fairly far flung and not that easily accessible but with hard work and co-operation they have managed to pull it together to form a successful consortium. Two of the three other doyens of Restyle Argyll, Ina Glover from ReJig and Julie Fairbrass from the Grab Trust, were also in attendance.
Iain Gulland, CEO Zero Waste Scotland voiced his full support for this type of project and would be really happy to see it rolled out to other areas as it follows the aims of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, ‘Making Things Last’ by making reuse and repair much more a part of our mainstream shopping experience. This thinking will keep items out of landfill, reduce pressure on the purse and scarce raw materials whilst helping the environment and creating jobs. It’s hard to see a downside.
David Wood CEO Community Resources Scotland spoke about reuse and how it needed to become the norm…but that it really is becoming the norm in Scotland already and it has always been the norm in hotels globally.
Hotels aim for a minimum 75% occupancy. The average length of stay at a luxury hotel is normally 3 nights and these bedrooms are refurbished every 5 years so there is plenty of unwitting mattress reuse happening
75% occupancy means 274 days a year with someone sleeping on the bed and if it is a 3 day booking then that means 91 uses on that bed per year. Multiply that by 5 years for refurbishment and that means that the mattress has had 456 uses before being renewed.
The same holds for seats, chairs, tables, cups and glasses so reuse has been going on for ever without anyone really having an issue with it.
The day was a great success and the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits or commitment to the cause.