Media release: Make 2019 your year to build sustainability skills, with Leith Collective


IN collaboration with Ocean Terminal, Leith Collective has prepared a wide range of FREE weekend workshops and initiatives for anyone interested in re-using, recycling, upcycling or learning new creative skills in 2019.

January’s workshops include clothes mending, lampshade upcycling and crocheting using salvaged wool. In addition, a chance to refresh your wardrobe for 2019 comes with Clothes Swap at the Image Gallery Collective Space, again in Ocean Terminal on Saturday 19th January.

Every Thursday in January, from 11am-6pm drop in to the Leith Collective shop in Ocean Terminal for some Origami bird making.

Sara Thomson, co-founder of Leith Collective, said: “The origami birds are Cranes and symbolise luck and ‘a new start’ which is exactly what we are aiming to do in terms of sustainability and teaching people how they can get involved themselves. We want to make the workshops accessible to everybody and we’re offering them free of charge. In addition, people will leave the workshops with new skills e.g. clothes mending which will not only save them money over the months and years to come but also help with sustainability.”

To see the full list of workshops, visit the Leith Collective or Ocean Terminal:

In addition to the workshops, Leith Collective will be presenting a range of art installations with all items made from recycled materials. 

Food Bank – food collection

The Leith Collective Store will also be a new Food Bank collection location in Ocean Terminal from 8th January. If you are able to donate anything, specific items needed include:

  • tinned meat
  • tinned fish
  • tinned fruit
  • tinned puddings
  • UHT milk
  • fruit juice
  • cereal
  • jam
  • tea/coffee
  • toiletries
  • shampoo
  • shower gel
  • deodorant
  • shaving foam
  • men’s razors


Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) help children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia in Scotland. The team also helps diagnosed families and bereaved families express and share with each other the feelings, anxieties, and horror of having a child with a life-threatening illness and provide practical and emotional support.

If you have any of the following items, Cclasp would be delighted with the donation which will go to help and support those children and families affected by cancer and leukaemia.

  • unwanted Christmas gifts
  • toys
  • bath sets
  • books
  • art sets e.g. pens pencils
  • games
  • vouchers

You can drop items off at the Leith Collective, Ocean Terminal from Monday 7 January 2019.

About Leith Collective

Leith Collective is a group of like-minded independent artists/makers brought together to form a supportive community. The group endeavours to support others in making and selling creative work in an affordable way.

The group welcomes artists from all walks of life and believes that everyone deserves a chance to try selling their work to the public. In addition, Leith Collective also supports a large number of artists / makers with mental health problems who are now able to gain work experience in a supported environment.

75 per cent of Leith Collective products are upcycled / recycled or reused to make relived items.

Contact: Sara Thomson /

Photographs of installations available on request.


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Contact: Sara Thomson