'˜Re-use and repair' business set for Edinburgh launch

A new 're-use and repair superstore' in Edinburgh is aiming to reinvent second-hand shopping and repair skills in the city.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 8:11 am
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 1:12 pm
Edinburgh Remakery's premises on Leith Walk. Picture: Greg Macvean
Edinburgh Remakery's premises on Leith Walk. Picture: Greg Macvean

Edinburgh Remakery, which is housed in a former Santander bank branch on Leith Walk, is due to open its doors tomorrow.

Visitors can take a tour of the premises, buy second-hand and upcycled furniture, and view two workshop spaces – one for textiles and computers, and one for furniture.

The store has been created by Remade in Edinburgh – which teaches furniture, computer and textile repair skills – supported by funding from Zero Waste Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council.

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Sophie Unwin, director of Edinburgh Remakery, said: “We’re very excited about coming to Leith and hope there will be something for everyone in the goods and services we offer – from quality refurbished computers and furniture, workshops in lots of repair techniques, and workstation rental.”

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland added: “Edinburgh, and Scotland more widely, is an exciting place to be at the moment in terms of the momentum building around re-use retail and spreading repair skills – part of the Scottish Government’s plan to build a more resilient, circular economy.”