SHRUB is a zero-waste community co-operative in Edinburgh working for a world without waste and empowering people to live a low carbon life.
SHRUB is a zero-waste community co-operative in Edinburgh working for a world without waste and empowering people to live a low carbon life. At SHRUB you can buy and swap second-hand clothes, books and other items. We run a Food Sharing Hub where you can come and help yourself to some rescued food and pay as you feel. There is also a cafe and regular events happening in the space!
Based at 22 Bread Street, SHRUB is also a community hub where like-minded people aim to build solutions to the challenges of climate change and wasteful consumption.
Our Zero-waste hub is a space created by the community, for the community. At SHRUB we want to make the circular economy accessible to all. There are many ways to engage, wether that’s by visiting the Zero Waste Hub, taking part in events, becoming a member or signing up as a volunteer. We want you to have a say in what we do, so get involved!
SHRUB started out over 10 years ago when our University students and staff in the Accommodation, Catering and Events department were looking for new ways to reduce the amount of waste which occurred in halls of residence at the end of every academic year when students went home for the holidays. That waste was then collected, sorted and stored, ready to give to the following year’s Freshers.
SHRUB Cooperative was registered as the UK’s first student-led community cooperative. A large proportion of our members are students, mostly from the University of Edinburgh (UoE) but our membership is becoming increasingly diverse, incorporating individuals from a range of ages and backgrounds in the local community. We no longer describe ourselves as “student-led”, but instead we are “community-led”. As a cooperative, the SHRUB operates an open membership policy (anybody above the age of 16 can apply for membership). You can join either by being a paying member or by volunteering. SHRUB is organised non-hierarchically and governed through consensus decision making. Members are free to join in decision making and to stand for a position as a Trustee. Trustees are elected at the AGM and are legally liable for the Coop.
In 2022, SHRUB has Saved 27,296kg of food from going to waste, equivalent to 102,061kg CO2e and in our swapshop we saved 6267.64kg of stuff from going to landfill - 74,590.96kg CO2e.
Find out more
Find us at the Zero Waste Hub from 11am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sundays.