,  • December 14, 2021

This month, in TMP we’re keeping our focus on ideas and projects linked to sustainability. One of the most recent and exciting news in this area is the announcement of the creation of a Sharing Library and Repair Cafe Network, a project overseen by Circular Communities, and supported by the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland. 

The launch of the network was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Michael Matheson during COP26. Designed as a self-sustaining initiative, it will allow communities across Scotland to benefit from a triple bottom line perspective, with social, environmental and economic impacts, and it’s aligned with the goals and recommendations issued by the Scotland’s Climate Assembly. In this way, the primary aim is to create a Resource Libraries network where people can borrow a range of rarely used tools, allowing them to repair used items and avoid buying new ones. 

The scheme will be set up in partnership with Edinburgh Remakery and Edinburgh Tool Library. The former is an organisation established in Leith, dedicated to recycling and upcycling. The latter, an initiative focused on repairing and reducing waste, through making access to tools much more affordable for everybody. Both social enterprises are alumni from Good Ideas, The Melting Pot’s incubation programme, and it’s thrilling for us to see them joining forces in such a sensitive matter, taking part in a project that will change for good the way that Scotland may fight climate change from a local perspective. 

Would you like to know more about our Good Ideas programme? Go to the website and check what other initiatives were born and nurtured here!

  • Edinburgh Tool Library logo. Source: https://edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk/
  • Edinburgh Remakery logo. Source: https://www.edinburghremakery.org.uk/