a one stop shop for sustainable living!

🏢 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF

🕐 12pm to 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays

What We Do

The Zero Waste Hub is your one stop shop for sustainable living!

You can swap your preloved things in our Swapshop, enjoy some rescued food from our Food Sharing Hub, or just hang out and grab a tea or coffee from our cafe.

Opening Hours

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

12pm - 5pm

About the Swapshop

In the Swapshop you can swap, donate or buy affordable and high quality preloved clothing, books, shoes, bric-a-brac and household items.

Anyone is welcome to buy or donate items. Become a SHRUB Coop 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.

About the Food Sharing Hub

The Food Sharing Hub is Scotland’s first rescued food shop and exists to save surplus food from supermarkets from an unnecessary fate in the bin.

As a member you can fill one basket of food per day and pay as you feel.

How it works

The Food Sharing Hub is working with Tesco, Co-op and Waitrose to collect food from 6 local supermarkets. Volunteers collect perishable foods such as fruit, vegetables, and baked goods that are still fresh and good to eat, but have passed their best before dates and would otherwise be thrown out that day.

Food Sharing Edinburgh also coordinates a network of food collections from small businesses and redistribute it to charities across the city.

About the Cafe

Take a visit to our volunteer-run cafe at the Zero Waste Hub, have a soup and a drink, and be inspired by the atmosphere!


Espresso £2

Americano £2.20

Cappucino £2.50

Latte £2.50

Flat White £2.30

Mocha £2.70

Hot Chocolate £2.70

Tea £2 (pot £3)

Cold Drinks from £2


Soup with bread £3 (large bowl £4)
from Union of Genius, see specials board for todays selection

Cake and traybakes £2.5

Toast with butter 75p

Sandwiches Pay as you feel
Subject to availability as these are donated by local cafes


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

Become a trustee of SHRUB Coop!

We're recruiting for next year's trustees. Application deadline 24th November

🕐 25/10/19   👤 SHRUB Coop

Job Opportunity: Café Coordinator

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the staff team at SHRUB Coop!

🕐 13/09/19   👤 SHRUB Coop

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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.