Reuse and repair superstore opens in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Remakery

The Edinburgh Remakery – 'a unique new re-use and repair superstore' – has opened in the Scottish capital.

The space will sell second-hand furniture and computers, provide repair services for textiles, computers, mobile phones and furniture, offer advice and workshops on DIY repairs and rent out affordable workspaces and tools. People can also donate used IT equipment, furniture and textiles.

Located at 125 Leith Walk, the Remakery is part of Remade in Edinburgh's programme to teach furniture, computer and textile repair skills and campaign for longer-lasting products. Remade in Edinburgh also sells refurbished computers from its Guthrie Street shop and community centre, while there's a sister project in Brixton, London.

"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," says Sophie Unwin, Director, The Edinburgh Remakery.

The shop is championed by the Scottish Government, which is working to develop the circular economy, and by the University of Edinburgh, which diverts its old computers to Remade in Edinburgh for repair and resale.

"We live in a world with finite resources, and one of the most impactful ways we can protect those resources is to reuse and repair the things we already have," explains Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh.

"The Remakery champions the idea of a circular economy, which is about transitioning from a 'take-make-dispose' linear approach to resource use, to systems that encourage reuse and extraction of maximum value before returning resources to the biosphere."