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The Edinburgh Pad Project

The Edinburgh Pad Project is a brand new group run by the Edinburgh Remakery and Edinburgh University Students’ Association Volunteering Service.

Edinburgh Pad Project

The project is running a series of free workshops where participants will make reusable sanitary pads. The pads made during the workshop will be donated to The Homeless Period and Leith Food Bank to gift to women experiencing period poverty.

Some sanitary pads contain up to four plastic bags worth of plastic, and a lot of them end up in landfill or polluting our oceans, and take hundreds of years to degrade. Making reusable pads with the Edinburgh Pad Project is a way to promote sustainability, while helping those in need.

As well as helping to fight period poverty, those taking part will learn basic sewing machine skills and get a pattern to take home to make more pads in their spare time if they wish.

Free tickets to workshop available

Members of the public are invited to these free monthly workshops. Visit our eventbrite page for further details and to book your space.


Book your space

What to bring

An old towel and pyjama material. Dark material is preferred. We will have some extra textiles if you aren’t able to bring them. All other sewing materials will be supplied.

The Edinburgh Remakery

In support of our sustainability programmes, the University partners with the Edinburgh Remakery, a re-use and repair store which relocated to Leith Walk last year.

The social enterprise teaches repair skills to the general public and campaigns for consumer goods to be built to last. The store also sells second-hand goods, including refurbished computers and furniture, as well as books and other useful items.

The project is backed by Zero Waste Scotland and by the Scottish Government as part of it's Circular Economy strategy, ‘Making Things Last'.

The University of Edinburgh is a project partner and donates computers between five and eight years old which are then sold to the community at a low cost, making them highly affordable.

Find out more

Check out their Leith Walk store or website for affordable tech, and think of them when you have an unwanted laptop, phone, gaming console, iPad, or tablet that you’re looking to pass on.

The Edinburgh Remakery