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Revolve Quality Mark Puts SHAX On The Map

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Local social enterprise charity SHAX is one of Dumfries & Galloway’s best-kept secrets – a veritable ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of great value second-hand furniture, vintage and retro items, hidden away inside a 4,000ft Dumfries warehouse. Now, however, the secret is out – thanks to the charity’s new ‘Revolve-accredited’ status, awarded by Zero Waste Scotland. Wherever displayed, the Revolve logo assures customers that they are buying from a great re-use shop with a commitment to providing only the highest quality second hand products and excellent customer service.

Joyce Harkness, SHAX’s Social Enterprise Manager, said “SHAX helps people affected by homelessness and poverty in Dumfries and the surrounding area by providing them with minimal cost, good quality furniture and white goods.

“Local people have been very generous with their donations of furniture and other items so far, which has allowed us to open our warehouse on Bankend Road to the public to help us raise additional funds for our work. There are loads of great value second hand and vintage goods to be discovered there.

“Last year we were able to help more than 200 local people by making sure they had the basic household items when they moved into secured tenancies.

“We’re delighted to receive Revolve accreditation and to display the brand around the store. This way, we’re able to demonstrate to both customers and to those who kindly donate goods, that we have excellent processes in place to ensure the quality of our goods, the training of our staff and the delivery of great customer service.

“Although we are a bit tucked away, we’d urge people to come and discover the huge range of re-use goods we have available and help us to continue to provide support to vulnerable people in our community. Not only that, those who kindly donate goods to us are also doing their bit to help the environment, reduce their carbon footprint and prevent perfectly good items from going to waste.”

SHAX relies on furniture donations to provide two key services: Emergency Starter Packs to provide basic household items for people moving to new permanent tenancies and its Homemaker Scheme, which allows delayed payment for people to get essential household furniture and goods for their new homes.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“SHAX is an outstanding example of a very effective social enterprise organisation. Its work not only has a positive impact on the environment by reducing waste, it also helps vulnerable people in the community and saves people money on what can be normally expensive items for the home.

“I’m delighted to confirm its well-earned Revolve status, which gives a clear sign to the local community that they can have confidence in the products that SHAX offers.”

As well as saving customers money, the Revolve accreditation also aims to create a more sustainable approach to retail and promote re-use in Scotland.  Customers wishing to pass on their unwanted items to their nearest Revolve store can call the national re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820 to have their items collected.

The SHAX team celebrate their Revolve accreditation (L-R) Jordon Myers, Scott Walls, Mikey Allan, Grainne Reid, Jessica McMillan Jessica McMillan accepts a donation to the newly Revolve-accredited SHAX store in Dumfries

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How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions

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Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Public Health Crisis

It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.

Eco-Friendly Vehicles

It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.

Used Cars

Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.

Public Perception

With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.

Progress

The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.

With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.

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Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution

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The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.

Incentives

One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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