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Old Shop Bayble, and Roots for Low Impact Living C.I.C.

 The Old Shop Bayble was initiated in August 2020 by volunteers who got together to see how they could use the Old Shop space to benefit the community. This membership of volunteers was incorporated into an official Community Interest Company - the

Roots for Low Impact Living C.I.C. in February 2021

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The aims and objectives of our Community Interest Company are to support the:

Recycling of second hand clothes and goods
Setting up of unpackaged zero waste food
Promotion of environmentally friendly practices
Promotion of the local craft community
Development of historically significant reserves. 

Our company's activities provide benefit to:

The local community (residents and visitors) of Point, Isle of Lewis, and adjacent areas, and the environment of Point. Specifically by the provision of local facilities, preservation and development of local heritage, enabling of resource sharing, support of reduced waste practices, and fostering of local craft production. Benefit will extend to a wide variety of groups within the community , including but not limited to: families with babies and children, walkers and tourists, local people looking for volunteering opportunities and paid work, as well as local craft producers


" As a group we promote and advocate for more ecologically sound ways of living in island communities."

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 At the Old Shop Bayble, we contribute to local life by bringing a much-loved historic shop back into community use to help us to reduce waste, and showcase locally-produced crafts amongst other interesting, unusual and useful items.

Our shop is entirely run by volunteers. Our volunteers take part by doing one shift in the shop per week.


A shift lasts 2.5 hours and can be either:

12 until 2.30 pm       or       2.30 pm until 5 pm. 


Our volunteers motivations are diverse, however most of us volunteer at the shop because we like to meet our neighbours and we think it is good to have a local space in our community where people can get to know others that live local. 

A further incentive for our volunteers is to support greater reuse, sustainability and local craft production in our community.  Through donating unwanted clothing, books and toys, swapping and sharing our resources, we can reduce the amount of new things we buy, therefore reducing our impacts on the environment. 

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In our historic shop/post office premises you will find quality adults', children's', and babies' clothes, books, and household items looking for a new home. We also have a range of toys to borrow or buy by donation.

Eco-friendly products, quality crafts, flavours, clothing, books

We also stock a growing range of environmentally-friendly products such as bamboo toothbrushes , shaving kits, washing up and cleaning products, loo paper and decorations.

Our shop also works with local craft producers to promote beautiful hand-made objects from the area. Turned wooden gifts, pens, keyrings, ceramics and candles are just a sample of the bespoke pieces you'll find in Old Shop Bayble.

Our vegan sweets are particularly popular, and we also have a range of fine tees, together with tea-caddies and smart cup filters. Never throw away another plastic-rich teabag again!

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