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Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity opens the Edinburgh Tool Library

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It’s been a few weeks since some of our colleagues hot-footed over to the Edinburgh Tool Library’s grand opening at our Urban Eden development.

The launch event welcomed customers, volunteers and guests including Scotland’s Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater MSP into the new shop for the first time.

We’re pleased to be sharing some fantastic footage from the official opening of the library.

More about the Edinburgh Tool Library

The Edinburgh Tool Library promotes the concept of a sharing economy. Working on the same principles as a traditional book library, it encourages local people to share appliances – reducing waste and making access to tools affordable for everyone in the community.

Showing her support on the day of the opening, Lorna Slater – a member of the Scottish Green Party, representing the Lothian region, said: “The Edinburgh Tool Library is a fantastic community resource and it's great to see it continue to grow.

“Sharing tools instead of buying your own not only saves money but helps reduce our use of precious resources. That means it's good for your pocket and good for the planet, too. I wish the new store every success and look forward to seeing more initiatives like this as we build a circular economy in Scotland.”

The new workshop was provided to The Edinburgh Tool Library by Places for People as part of our nationwide #SocialSpace campaign, which offered commercial spaces and support to social enterprises or good causes in three pilot areas including Edinburgh, offering minimum one-year leases to help secure and establish the ventures.

Contributing to the local community

Shelley Hutton, Head of Stakeholder Relations, said: “We are so proud to have supported this expansion and it was a joy to meet customers and stakeholders at the launch.

“We hope that this new base will enable the team to reach even more people – amplifying the work it does and encouraging more people to adopt a sustainable approach to consumerism – sharing more and contributing to the local community.”

Promoting sustainable habits

Chris Hellawell, The Edinburgh Tool Library’s founder, said: “We would like to thank the Minister, Places for People and all of our brilliant supporters who have enabled this transition, allowing us to grow our organisation.

“These new premises are in a prominent, central location, giving us added exposure that will help encourage more people in Scotland to get sharing!

“We’re on a mission to promote more sustainable habits, and I hope that our new centre will pique the interest of more local people who want to do things differently – saving them time and money in the process.”

Supporting social enterprises

Marcus Hulme, Director of Places Impact, concluded: “It’s a joy to see Chris and his team launch their new space; we were proud to be a part of their open day and to see our space become home to such a sustainable and pioneering enterprise. Congratulations to everyone involved with Edinburgh Tool Library.”

As well as launching the new centre, the Edinburgh Tool Library team will also continue to promote its Tools For Life (TFL) Programme – providing expert advice, practical workshops, and employment support to young trainees from Edinburgh who are facing barriers to employment.

Find out more at https://edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk.

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