Hub offers sustainable slant for Festival-goers

Workshops that encourage people to consider their environmental impact will be held at a new pop-up hub during Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe.

Highlights of the Sustainability Hub’s month-long programme include upcycling workshops, advice sessions and a sustainable shopping weekend.

The outdoor venue, located next to the University’s Bayes Centre throughout August, is being organised by the University’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability department.

University of Edinburgh Festival Sustainability Hub

1 – 23 August, 11am – 6pm

Bayes Centre Courtyard

Find out more about the Sustainability Hub

Environmental advice

The hub will host an initiative that aims to support Fringe performers and organisers in their efforts to be more sustainable, run by BoxedIn Theatre.

The Edinburgh-based organisation will hold its Greenhouse Initiative from 2 to 14 August. University experts will also be on hand to offer advice on people can adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

Interactive workshops

Locally based SHRUB Coop will hold a hands-on repair and upcycling workshops on 19 August.

On 20 and 23 August, the hub will host sustainability sessions aiming to support LGBTQ+ performers and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Sustainable shopping

Edinburgh-based companies working to promote socially responsible shopping will have stalls with fair trade items at the hub from 16 to 18 August.

Products on sale include environmentally-friendly toiletries, socially-conscious gift boxes and accessories.

The new Sustainability Hub aims to support Festival participants and attendees by increasing awareness of sustainability initiatives and creating a platform for local community groups.

​​​​​​​Dave GormanDirector of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the University of Edinburgh  

Related links

2019 Festival Sustainability Hub

Social responsibility and sustainability at the University

The University at the festivals