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SHRUB swapshop grows into new premises

SHRUB Co-op marked the opening of their new Swapshop on Bread Street, Edinburgh with a celebration of creative reuse.

Guests were invited to an evening of activities and live entertainment including storytelling from environmental activist Virginia Bjertnes.

As well as getting a chance to grab a bargain from the Swapshop, guests took part in a range of activities to showcase SHRUB’s many reuse projects including DIY bike maintenance and upcycling workshops. Food Sharing Edinburgh, another project of SHRUB, were on hand to talk about their plans for opening the Food Sharing Hub in January and provided guests with rescued food that would otherwise have been thrown in the bin.

The new Swapshop on Bread Street allows customers to swap items they no longer want for something different, in an effort to encourage people to reuse instead of buying new. The shop features a cafe and is stocked with pre-loved books, clothing, kitchenware and many other curious items that customers drop off.

SHRUB Co-op’s vision is for a world without waste and the Swapshop is part of their effort to tackle the 82 tonnes of waste sent to landfill in central Edinburgh every week. SHRUB’s other projects include The Wee Spoke Hub, a DIY bike repair workshop on Guthrie Street, and Zero Waste Edinburgh.

Their Food Sharing Edinburgh project collects and redistributes food that would otherwise go to waste, as well as promoting sustainable food education. In January, they’ll be opening the Food Sharing Hub in an area of the Swapshop to provide unwanted food from supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away.

Annie Schultz, SHRUB’s Swapshop Coordinator commented:

“Our move to a bigger, more visible location is extremely exciting: it proves that there's a growing appetite in creating a world without waste. There's potential to take our journey to the next level and build even more momentum towards a circular economy in Edinburgh.”

Catrina Randall, SHRUB’s Project Coordinator said:

“This is an exciting time for SHRUB as we expand and grow. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this without our amazing members and volunteers. It’s inspiring to see the Edinburgh community so dedicated to making our city a world leader in sustainability.”

The SHRUB Co-op is supported by a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, which is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Tim Mullens, Climate Challenge Fund Capacity Building Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We congratulate SHRUB on the launch of their Bread Street based Swapshop and the upgraded Wee Spoke Hub on Guthrie Street. We encourage the community to become involved in activities taking place at both locations, whether it’s swapping items, learning bike repair skills or taking advantage of opportunities to learn more about sustainable use of resources and climate change.

“We look forward to supporting SHRUB as they implement their project and empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”

The Swapshop is located at 22 Bread Street and is open Wednesday to Saturday, 1pm to 6pm. Further details at shrubcoop.org

15 October 2018

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