Granton Goes Greener
The Edinburgh Reporter
1 Mar 2022
WHO ARE YOU?
“Granton Goes Greener “is an environmental project based at Granton Parish Church established in 2018 and initially funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. The core has always been the “swap shop” rebranded as “Share’n’Wear”, a space with second hand clothes, shoes and books donated by locals and members of the congregation. Anyone can get preloved clothes, shoes and books for free without any referrals or restrictions.
We run a weekly “rescued bread” scheme. Volunteers collect excess bread from a chain of bakeries and we share the bread and pastries and deliver it to local groups and sheltered housing in North Edinburgh. We run weekly sewing classes, focussing on maintaining and altering clothes as well as educational workshops and events.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE?
We hope to spread environmental awareness in our area, encouraging more recycling/up-cycling rather than constantly buying new things. Based in North Edinburgh, an area of significant poverty, we try to encourage people who are in a more privileged position to share resources they have with others as well as help with tackling food and general poverty.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
With educational workshops and events, we can change people’s mindset and encourage younger people to be more mindful about climate change. We encourage keeping what we have, mending and up-cycling rather than buying new, while teaching skills that can be helpful, especially for those living on a low income.
WHAT FORM DOES YOUR CAMPAIGN HAVE?
We are active on social media. We work with other projects to organise events (for example Big Swap event with ELREC and The Welcoming) and workshops on a city-wide scale as well as our own events in Granton such as family rubbish picking, an Eco Fayre and family fun days.
HOW CAN PEOPLE READING THIS HELP?
Visit our website. We always need volunteers – even if you can only help once in every few months. Donations of good quality clothes and shoes are welcome.
Check our website to see what type of clothes we currently accept firstname.lastname@example.org www.grantongoesgreener.org.uk