swap, buy, donate!

🏢 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

🕐 12pm to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday

What We Do

Swap, donate or buy affordable and high quality preloved clothing, books, shoes, bags, bric-a-brac and household items.

Anyone is welcome to buy or donate items. Become a member and you can swap your items in exchange for tokens to use in-store.

How It Works

Our vision is for a world without waste. Choosing second hand helps to save carbon emissions and supports a sustainable lifestyle.

Unlike your ordinary charity shop, when you donate your preloved items we give you back 25% of their value as tokens. You can spend these at any time in the Swapshop. 1 token is worth £1.

When you drop off your items, our friendly volunteers will value them and add tokens to your account within 7 days.

While we like to try and enable people to swap and donate as many different things as possible, unfortunately, there are a few items that we can’t take. Here’s a full list of what we can’t accept and suggestions of alternative places to take them.

Our Impact

The Swapshop has saved 124 tonnes of CO2 emissions so far.

In 2016 it is estimated that 1,130,000 tonnes of clothing was purchased in the UK. (Wrap, 2017) That’s the equivalent of 23 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

UK households binned 300,000 tonnes of clothing in 2016. (The Guardian, 2017)

“Extending the life of clothes offers the greatest overall potential across carbon, water, and waste targets. This can be achieved by designing clothes to be more durable, and by encouraging re-use through sales of second hand clothing” - Wrap, 2017


Is Zero Waste Hub accessible?

The Zero Waste Hub is on ground floor with a wheelchair accessible entrance, accessible and gender neutral toilet.

There are disabled parking bays on both parallel streets, East Fountainbridge and Grindlay Street.

If you have further questions regarding accessibility before a visit, please contact the Zero Waste Hub on 0131 281 0583.

Is there nearby bicycle parking?

There is space to lock up your bike on the corner of Lothian Road and Bread Street by Cost Cutters

What bus routes are you on?

The Zero Waste Hub is located just off Lothian Road and Grassmarket and following bus routes will take you nearby;

Lothian Road routes: 47, 24, 10, 11, 15, 16, 36, 1, 34, 124

Grassmarket route: 2

Is there parking nearby?

There is limited on street parking on Bread Street, but two large car parks a 4 minute walk away;

Thistle Parking

Semple Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL

NCP Car Park Edinburgh Castle Terrace

Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EW

Latest News

Job Opportunity: Swapshop retail coordinator

We're hiring for a part time retail coordinator for our Swapshop!

🕐 19/09/19   👤 SHRUB Coop

Making sustainable fashion choices in Edinburgh

“Out with the old and in with the new” is the mantra that crops up at this time…

🕐 26/03/19   👤 Jess

Upcoming Events

Community Co-Design Evening

Help us design the future of our Swapshop, events and collections!

🕐 Thursday, October 24, 2019

🏢 Zero Waste Hub, 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

Sewing and Clothing Repair Session

Have you got a well loved item of clothing you want to mend or adjust? Come…

🕐 Wednesday, October 30, 2019

🏢 Zero Waste Hub, 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

Sustainable Fashion Meetup Group

The fashion industry is now the second most polluting industry in the world…

🕐 Wednesday, October 30, 2019

🏢 Zero Waste Hub, 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

SHRUB Coop is funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. We’re grateful for all their support. Find out more about our funders by clicking on the logos above.