At The Forefront of Thrift Fashion

The Fashion Scene of St Andrews and Interview with Emma Walsh, Sustainable Style St Andrews In February, St Andrews, the little town by the sea, turns in to a fashion hotspot on a global scale. Whether you are a student or briefly visiting, you can indulge in any of four fashion shows – Charity Fashion Show (FS), Dont Walk, Catwalk and VS 2020 Urban – as well as a number of smaller eventsRead More…

The Plastic Dilemma

We all try to do our bit for the planet, so when it comes to household plastic, we religiously wash out our milk and other containers and put them in the green Fife Council wheelie bin, safe in the knowledge that it will be responsibly recycled. Wrong! After importing more than 45% of the world’s waste plastic, China stated that it had enough of its own plastic mountain, so was not going to impRead More…

Climate Change and Water

Climate change has manifest itself in many ways around the world, from record summer extreme temperatures, to the melting of the polar icecaps and glaciers, leading to sea level rises, which in turn threatens coastal cities and is leading to the disappearance of islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans like Kiribita (Gabbatiss, 2018) and the Maldives (Union of Concerned Scientists). With the meltRead More…

Towards a Plastic Free Fife – FCCAN Networking Event

Transition are hosting the next Fife Communities Climate Action Network on Monday 25th March, from 6-8pm at the Kernel. Speakers from communities engaging the plastic problem will present on how they are working to prevent plastics, tackle litter and normalise reuse. A workshop follows for all to share their thoughts. This boils down to the main question, how can the FCCAN support the movRead More…

The Big Declutter – Pass It On Week

The University has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to offer a simple solution to Spring clean your wardrobe for Zero Waste Scotland’s big declutter week (9th-17th March). Why not clear out some unwanted items and donate to the British Heart Foundation charity for reuse. Each hall of residence will have a donation point for residents and off-campus students to pick up collRead More…

Autumn Garden Update – There’s still delicious food to be had and lots to help with!

This post is written by Seth Nolan-McDonough, a first year studying Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Ancient History. Seth has been a keen garden volunteer, spoiling us with different species of chilies, and helps with general Transition publicity.  As the days get shorter and the cold sets in, we unfortunately no longer have the delicious tomatoes, courgettes and other summer vegetables tRead More…

StandRe-Use 2014: We’re gonna need a bigger van

StAnd Re-Use 2014 started about 3 months ago when I first met with University waste guru Barbara to discuss how to make this year’s collection the biggest ever. ‘I want to mark out sections on the floor, have an army of volunteers, massive pop-ups, multiple collection points, we’re going to collect more than ever before’ I enthusiastically told her. ‘Go for it’ was her supportive response. Read More…

No Plastic Please!

Plastic is arguably one of the most important inventions of our time. Plastic has fundamentally changed how we produce, use, and consume things. The invention has revolutionized technology, improved hygiene in the medical field and enhanced convenience. Originally, plastic was actually praised for being an environmentally friendly solution to ease pressure on natural supplies on materials like ivoRead More…

Tales from a Calamitous Kitchen: Dealing with a Burnt Pot

We’ve just finished the second StAndReUse Big Giveaway of the Academic Year 13/14. Before Christmas we collected a number of household items from students, these were cleaned, sorted and then lugged up the stairs to the Salad Bowl for redistribution (for free!) during Refreshers Week. We collected over 130kg of reusable items which is pretty good going for a mid-year event. Thanks to everyone who Read More…

StAndRe-Use Drop-offs in Graduation week

So much to think about during gradation week – celebrations, posing for graduation photos, going to the ball, saying goodbyes to friends, and…what am I going to do with all this stuff? StAndReUse is having a space for drop-offs in the Union foyer from 10am – 4pm every day,  Mon 24th – Fri 28 June. We are particularly looking for crockery, stationery and other household items. Please no coRead More…