Scotland: A further step towards sustainability

Scotland: A further step towards sustainability

  • June 29, 2015
  • ReMaTec

Scotland continues to move towards sustainability. To emphasize the need for sustainability improvements, the Scottish government is currently implementing a social media programme aimed at promoting repair, reuse and remanufacturing.

Under the headline ’Make Things Lastv the move highlights how sustainability measures will save money and to reduce waste.

While a number of the programme’s points are of a general nature, others are more specific for Scotland, i.e. renting kilts, the Scottish traditional dress for males.

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead says: "I wonder how many people realise that by simply hiring a kilt or a dress to attend a wedding they are already helping to keep valuable materials circulating around our economy?"

In Scotland the cost of unused clothing is said to be GBP2.5 billion. In the UK a household owns about £4000 of clothes and about a third of those have not been worn for at least a year.

vRichard Lochhead continued: "A circular economy is where we keep products for as long as possible, and these are then reused, refurbished or taken apart to make new products.

"This would be good for the environment, good for the economy and a moral imperative. It will create jobs, improve our quality of life and just make good sense."

In the UK 93 per cent of adults own a mobile phone. On average people upgrade their phone every 18 months making the average lifetime of a mobile phone about 2-3 years. If phones were easier to repair and upgrade that could be increased. A take-back scheme for parts being replaced would mean that more ’precious metals’ could be recovered."

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