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…

Nuclear Energy; the pros and cons

Background We are surrounded by matter, made up of atoms, each of which contains enormous amounts of energy in the bonds that hold the atom together. This energy can be released through controlled nuclear fission to produce heat, steam and ultimately electricity, or through uncontrolled fission to produce atomic bombs, like Little Boy and Fat Boy, which were dropped on Hiroshima and NagasakiRead More…

Volunteers Clean Up St Andrews

29 January a group of students and locals picked up 58 kilos of rubbish along Lade Braes and the Kinness Burn!  We picked up 42 kilos of rubbish on Lade Braes in 1 hour! Thanks to students and locals coming out even on this wet winter day & Tansy and Katherine for coordinating & St Andrews Environmental Network/ BID St Andrews’s David for disposing of our collection! People were keen foRead 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…

Get involved

So hopefully at some point this week you’ve chatted with someone about Transition’s work and are feeling highly enthused. If you’d like to get involved in the work of Transition, why not try our Volunteer Intern Programme.   Last year we kept getting asked by people how they could get more involved in Transition on a more permanent basis. We were super excited about your enthusiaRead More…

St AndRe-Use Drop-off points in halls

Wondering what to do with all that stuff you can’t take home at the end of the semester? St AndRe-Use are offering a ‘cut-out and keep’ solution to deal with your unwanted STUFF at the end of the year. You ‘cut out’ the waste, We ‘keep’ it for next year’s students. We are specifically collecting Crockery, Cutlery and Stationery. Please drop off these items in the plasticRead More…

St AndRe-Use Drop-off points in halls

Wondering what to do with all that stuff you can’t take home at the end of the semester? St AndRe-Use are offering a ‘cut-out and keep’ solution to deal with your unwanted STUFF at the end of the year. You ‘cut out’ the waste, We ‘keep’ it for next year’s students. We are specifically collecting Crockery, Cutlery and Stationery. Please drop off these items in the plastic ‘teaRead More…

St AndRe-Use semester 2 drop-offs/giveaways

Come along to the car park at the Chaplaincy (Mansefield), at 3 St Mary’s Place (opposite the Students’ Union) Monday Feb 18th 12-4pm to drop off any unwanted items you have collected over the past months. They will be passed on to new owners, an excellent alternative to sending them to landfill. Everything from TVs to textbooks, clothes to colanders, dvd’s to board games – even a small tramRead More…