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…

A Plastic Free St Andrews: Behind the Scenes with Daphne Biliouri-Grant

Interview with Daphne Biliouri-Grant, co-ordinator for the ‘Towards a Plastic Free St. Andrews’ initiative. The initiative is led by the St. Andrews Environmental Network, the local environmental charity, in partnership with the Environmental Office of the University of St. Andrews and Transition UStA, a community interest company promoting sustainability. Interview conducted by third year sRead 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 Hydrogen Economy

With increasing evidence and media coverage on Climate Change and Global Warming brought on by anthropogenically produced CO2 in our atmosphere, we are well aware of the problems associated with the carbon economy, which is based on coal, oil and gas. But with what do we replace it? Electric power is great, but it is mostly still generated by burning hydrocarbons. If we could duplicate and harnesRead 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…

Winter Diets UK – “Spice Up Your Meals Without Heating Up the Planet”

Written by Aisling Geraghty // Nov 7th 2018 Each day that passes, you can feel the English November chill creeping in. Perhaps you have turned your heater on full power or started to light the fire in your living room each evening. If you are like most students, your house has become its own microclimate as you desperately try and keep the warmth inside, without escalating your utility bills. It Read More…