A reuse certification scheme involves accreditation of a reuse organisation to an accepted operational and sustainability standard. A quality mark is a recognisable logo that identifies a product or organisation as having met the requirements of such a certification scheme. ReMark aims to offer assurance to consumers that purchased, borrowed, repaired, reused or up-cycled goods, or services rendered from certified organisations are of a high standard as well as being the more sustainable option for the environment. This is phase three of the project, the first two phases which involved the development, benchmarking and initial pilot scheme was undertaken between 2014-2020 and was funded through the EPA’s Green Enterprise scheme. For more details on phase 1&2 check out the final report here. Re-Mark aims to be a Quality Mark for the whole of the island of Ireland, so therefore involving members from the NIRN in Northern Ireland as part of the pilot scheme is imperative to its overall success.
In phase three of the project, under CEIGS funding by the DECC in the Republic of Ireland, Re-Mark is being revised with an aim to include more enterprises and services that fall under the circular economy, for example repair services, libraries and design upcycling services. This means a revision of the current assessment, training and support that was piloted in phase one. The consultation to revise the framework should be completed shortly, at which point we hope to select the pilot participants and launch the project, the duration of which will take up to three months to the assessment and subsequent awarding of the quality mark.
Evidence suggests that quality marks can have a positive impact on the sales of reuse products. For example, evidence from Revolve Reuse Quality Standard in Scotland suggests that, in a sample of 10 stores that had a new quality mark, revenue increased by just under £45,000 since 2011. Here in Ireland our most recent consumer study shows that 4 in 10 adults believe that hygiene would influence them not to purchase a second-hand item. 3 in 10 state that the unknown reliability of products would be a deterrent (highest amongst males) We also found that 71% of those surveyed who have not used circular economy services such as repair or lending service, claim that this is down to none being local & not being aware that the service existed.
As a member of either the CRNI or NIRN your organisation can also benefit from the cohort mentoring approach by creating a best practice framework, and the sharing of knowledge and expertise of the circular economy, this will set the standard for other organisations to follow for years to come. Through this approach we will help identify areas where mentoring or training is needed to ensure each organisation has the correct tools to successfully complete the ReMark assessment.
Goods are repaired, restored, or ‘reimagined’ by trained staff to extend their usable life.
Participant organisations establish policies and set goals and metrics that further their social mission as well as the aims of the circular economy.
The ReMark Accreditation is specifically designed for charities, nonprofits and social enterprises that look to include and train all members of society in circular practices, regardless of ability or background.
CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.
For more information about the project see here.