Sustainability at The Grassmarket Community Project

Sustainability every day

Sustainability is important to us. The Grassmarket Community Project is committed to operating in a way which minimises its impact on the environment.

Recycling, upcycling and repurposing for the circular economy comes naturally to us. Our award-winning social enterprises have been doing this for years.

The Grassmarket Community Project believes that we are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner.

Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our moral duty of care towards future generations. It is also part of commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability at The Grassmarket Community Project

Aims and Principles

As an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods we are committed to:

  • reducing our environmental impact
  • continually improving our environmental performance
  • leading the hospitality and textiles industries (in which we operate) in minimising the impact of their activities on the environment

Our partners in sustainability

The Grassmarket Community Project is a paid accredited member of Circular Communities Scotland. Often working with Changeworks, we produce Carbon Reports which meet or exceed Scottish Government and UK Government targets. All our technical equipment eg laptops and phones is upcycled/refurb and mostly sourced from Edinburgh Remakery.

Our Woodwork Social Enterprise diverts tonnes of wood from landfill. And 98% of the wood used is upcycled including old church pews from Greyfriars Kirk, St Stephen’s Comely Bank, Colinton Parish Church, St. James Church Golden Acre, plus donations of recycled timber and felled trees from construction projects including North Bridge restoration, Edinburgh Futures Institute redevelopment of Old Royal Infirmary and Meadowbank Stadium redevelopment. All our offcuts are then upcycled via Move on Wood Recycling. Our Tartan Social Enterprise welcomes donations of tartan offcuts, button and ribbons.

Edinburgh Remakery
Circular Communities Scotland
Move on Wood recycling