#GreenFests: The Fringe Swap Shop is back!

8th August 2016

The Fringe Swap Shop (formerly known as the Reuse & Recycle Days) is an established sustainability initiative run by The …

The Fringe Swap Shop (formerly known as the Reuse & Recycle Days) is an established sustainability initiative run by The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, with support from Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh. It occurs each year at the end of August at Fringe Central and is a great opportunity for companies, individuals, and those that have participated in the Fringe to dispose of any unwanted props, sets and costumes in an easy, inexpensive and sustainable manner, whilst also sourcing new materials for future productions.


Unwanted props, usable furniture, gorgeous costumes, venue and set construction materials – we want them all! Every Fringe, tonnes of waste go to the bin when they could be reused elsewhere or recycled. A combination recycling depot and free rummage sale: bring what you have, take what you want.

Contact participants@edfringe.com for full details of what we can accept and how, or speak to Fringe Central staff.


Watch the timelapse filmed at the Swap Shop two years ago to get a feel for the day:


Whilst only Fringe participants are allowed to donate items, everyone and anyone is allowed to come and collect items of interest and use. The props and costumes are perfect for companies planning on putting on future productions, while the raw materials can be of great use to artists and craftspeople.

Last year, a whole variety of items from a wooden desk with wheels to a motorbike helmet were picked up by North Isle, an Edinburgh-based production company. They were planning a sci-fi production called Outer Spiral Arms that was trying to use 100% recycled and reclaimed materials for their set and props. Visit their facebook page for more information on the production, and look at the amazing work they did on the machete they found in the Swap Shop!

upcycled machete

Upcycled Machete – Image credit to North Isle Productions Ltd.



Have you participated in the Swap Shop in the past? If so, we’d love to hear what you did with the materials that you collected. Please send your stories to luise.kocaurek@creativecarbonscotland.com.

Image credit: Creative Carbon Scotland 2015

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