On the Nineth Day of Christmas…

On the nineth day of Christmas my true love sewed for me 9 stitches in my favourite summer T” Fashion, fashion, fashion! We (almost) all wear clothes and what choose to wear makes a big difference. If you are still looking for that new year’s resolution for 2021, how about try adopting any of these 9 top tips for making your style more sustainable. 1) Do You Really Need It? The siRead More…

On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love(s) pledged to me 7 ways to appreciate the gift of time Definitely one lesson I have taken away from the pandemic in 2020 is how little free time we each have in our everyday lives. In lockdown, people were either joyed to be getting on with hobbies and spending more time at home with family and friends. Others weren’t sure what to do with thRead More…

Our First Town-Wide Secret Santa!

To end a turbulent year of radical ups and downs, December in St Andrews saw Transitions first (if not St Andrews first) town-wide Secret Santa! Linked to our St AndReuse project, the idea was for people to sign up sharing a sentence about themselves to help their secret Santa create the right gift for them. As much as possible we wanted people to embrace their creativity and make a gift from theRead More…

Review: Thrift Winter Clothing Sale

Any nerves about the tempermental Scottish weather spoiling the fun were quickly put to rest with what turned out to be a glorious Saturday (21 October 2020). This thrift sale with the clothes donated via St AndReuse was the first large face-to-face event we’ve managed to run this semester. And boy did it go down a treat! The people that attended were respectful and patient, our volunteerRead More…

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…

Has the World enough resources to sustain the current population growth?

Can World agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry sustain burgeoning populations without habitat destruction, deforestation or species/biodiversity loss? In the late 18th century Thomas Malthus wrote ‘The power of the population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce substance for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.’ (Wolchover,Read More…

St Andrews – an ideal City for the future?

With another couple of car-free days coming up for St Andrews in August, I have been pondering what my ideal city would look like. We all, I’m sure, harbour thoughts and ideas of what an ideal city would look like; would it be cycle friendly, car-free with leafy parks, a good public transport system and wide boulevard pavements with street art and street markets and ready access to good retail Read More…