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about

We want to create a more harmonious relationship between the outdoor community and our natural world. 

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who we are

Hi there! I am Stephen Cousins, the Founder of Bluebird Exchange C.I.C

We are an Edinburgh based Social Enterprise driving social and environmental change in the outdoor community through local circular economy initiatives.

social enterprise

We are registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

A CIC is a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.

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our objectives

keeping outdoor gear in circulation

We reclaim, repair and redistribute outdoor gear that is destined for landfill to ensure it is kept in circulation. 

 

This is worthwhile as by keeping an item in circulation for an extra nine months you can reduce it's carbon, waste and water footprints by up to 30 percent!

promoting inclusivity through the fair distribution of outdoor gear

We work with local councils and organisations to reclaim and redistribute outdoor clothing to people who wouldn't otherwise have access to these items. We hope this can help get more people enjoying the benefits of outdoor activities!

promoting circular economy

We are raising awareness of the environmental issues caused by the existing linear economic model that dominates the outdoor industry while also promoting the benefits of transitioning towards a circular economy founded on ideas of re-use, repair and sharing. 

We do this through delivering circular economy workshops and by discussing the issues and solutions available in our Bluebird podcast.