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Zero Cost Scotland recognises sustainable leaders and promotes the adoption of zero cost procurement processes, prioritising used and refurbished resources. Zero Cost Scotland support and champion organisations who adopt a zero cost procurement strategy whilst creating benchmarks and monitoring carbon reduction in the resource procurement processes.



Zero Cost Scotland was founded in 2020 as a measurable commitment to the reduction of carbon output associated with current procurement strategies for resources. Member organisations work towards carbon neutral resource reuse and circular economic resource procurement strategies based upon our Zero Cost Economy principles.

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Zero Cost Scotland envisions a remodelled circular economy framework that prioritises and/or leans on the Zero Cost Economy. A circular economy Underpinned by Zero Cost Scotland's principles prioritising our resources life cycle longevity over and above the extraction of the monetary value of the resource and/or its components. 

A collective of those who are ready to prioritise net zero carbon strategy in their resource management protocols. Zero Cost Scotland aligns members with our zero cost circular economic principles.

Disrupting the circle...

In order to maximise the potential reach for our used resources we must look to remove as many barriers to reuse as possible. Zero Cost Scotland believes the main barriers preventing the maximisation of the resource's reuse potential to be financial barriers.

The current circular system encourages the resale of our unwanted goods via private marketplaces, the second hand retail network i.e. charity shops and similar second hand outlets. If we (or these retailers) can't sell our goods, we/they are then encouraged to recycle them. Trading cash for clothes or breaking down our goods into material components (wood, metal etc) to sell on.

Zero Cost Scotland imagine a circular system that prioritises reuse of our goods in their 1st generation form rather than maximising the financial value that can be squeezed out of that resource at every stage of its life cycle. By redesigning the circle to prioritise zero cost redistribution of resources, we have the potential to divert tens of thousands of tonnes of goods back into use, diverting millions of tonnes of CO2 via the avoidance of recycling, landfill and incineration, whilst slowing the demand for the manufacture of new goods.


The circular economy framework should be innovating regularly in order to maximise resource reuse. It is imperative that we reduce the output/manufacture of new resources and instead incentivise the acquisition of used. We should do so by making the purchasing decision less divisive when choosing between new and used whilst halting incentives for people/organisations to trade-in their resources for parts and materials prematurely. The circle must move away from the reliance on the charitable sector to keep our resources in circulation and begin to prioritise a zero cost approach to resource transfer and acquisition.

The Zero Cost Economy

The Foundations

Member organisations work to the following underlying principles...

The Zero Cost Economy

The understanding that the perceived monetary value of a resource is the biggest barrier preventing a carbon efficient circular strategy. Zero Cost, Zero barriers.

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Circular Resource Procurement

Implement sustainable procurement strategies. Used and refurbished resource procurement priority. Reuse before new.

Carbon Storytelling


Take accountability for the carbon footprint associated with your procurement protocols. Regular reporting and industry benchmarking.

Get Involved?


Read our principle foundations and vision

Evaluate and ensure your company or organisation has a requirement/desire to commit to our principles and vision.


Commit to our Zero Cost framework

Take time to analyse your current resource management protocols for both disposal/redistribution and procurement. If your organisation requires 


Open the conversation

Let's talk! We are more than happy to visit you to discuss membership. Similarly we can arrange a video or phone meeting to get the ball rolling.


Strategy implementation

Work with us to create and implement Zero Cost strategies for the redistribution and procurement of resources.

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