Inspired by our Consumed exhibition? Want to play YOUR part in a shift to a circular economy and not just help save the planet but also save some pennies?
Consumed is about empowerment. Consumers have the power to affect the behaviour of companies and governments; you have that power!
To help guide you, we have compiled a list of resources available in Scotland. If you don’t live here, then take inspiration from this list to see what is possible in your local area!
If you want to find out more about our own sustainable journey in creating the exhibition, scroll down to find out more.
Too Good To Go is an app where local shops can sell you older food products for a discounted price, helping you cut food waste with their surprise bags!
Waste Not Want Not: From citrus peel to stale bread, there are lots of things you can make from food you would usually think is waste!
Get Educated: Education is one of our most powerful tools in the fight against food waste. If you are a teacher, you can download Zero Waste Scotland’s Food Waste Monitoring Kit for Schools
From Field to Fork: If you want to learn more about food, transport and carbon, Our World In Data, has loads of well-researched information
The Edinburgh Remakery has an amazing suite of workshops and a shop where you can buy refurbished tech and rent sewing machines!
Sew you can: Made to Sew have a series of online classes that show you the basics of sewing with a machine
Visible mending: Interested to see what visible mending looks like? Look no further!
Tooled Up: Edinburgh Tool Library was the first of its kind in the UK. If you want to join or just find out more about their workshops, check out their website! There are now more tool libraries across Scotland in places like Glasgow, Stirling and Crieff!
Play Time: Instead of buying new toys all the time, why not rent them? There are toy libraries across Scotland including right here in Edinburgh
Circular Scotland: The Circular Communities Scotland map tells you where you can buy all sorts of good second hand across the country
Your Carbon Pawprint: Want to make a positive impact by changing the way you travel? Pawprint can help you do that by monitoring your progress over days, weeks and months!
Energy Saving Tips: The Energy Saving Trust has ten ways you can save energy (and money) at home
Track your usage: Want to track your energy usage? Electric Choice have a handy list of apps that let you do just that
When we were designing Consumed, we started by asking an important question: how could we make an exhibition on overconsumption without overconsuming ourselves? We thought hard about principles of the circular economy and came up with a few ideas.
Buying things second hand is one of the easiest ways to put the circular economy in action:
There are some things we use every Festival, so we don’t have to buy new each time:
Reducing what we consume, especially if it is harmful to our planet, is a core message of Consumed:
We know we didn’t achieve everything we wanted to this time around, but with each new project we move a little further forward on the path to a healthier planet!