Zero Waste: is it impossible?

Archeologists and anthropologists define past human eras by the material they use most; a useful way of categorising - for humans, the way we use and make tools separate us from other animals and greatly shape our lives. The bronze age, the iron age, the stone age: each era getting slowly more sophisticated and safer. … Continue reading Zero Waste: is it impossible?

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Sustainable fashion series: when did fashion become so fast?

Originally published in The Student newspaper.  Fast fashion seems like a self-explanatory term: low-cost clothes that follow all the trends – and won’t last, typically, for longer than a year or two. It’s associated with the view that clothes are made to throw away – made for a season, and not for life.  This combination … Continue reading Sustainable fashion series: when did fashion become so fast?

Post Grad Gap Year: recommendations if you just need a break after years of education

Originally published in The Student newspaper.  For fourth years, the combination of endless deadlines, exams, graduation looming and finding a job often seems too much. Chances are that by this point, you’ve been in education for seventeen years. Given this, it’s completely understandable to want a break before committing to a grad job. So many … Continue reading Post Grad Gap Year: recommendations if you just need a break after years of education

Demystifying smear tests: there is no reason to be embarrassed

Originally published in The Student newspaper.  According to a recent BBC article, around three million women across the UK have not attended their NHS-recommended smear test. A 2017 survey found that 35 per cent of women were too embarrassed to go because of insecurities surrounding their body shape, 34 per cent because of insecurities involving … Continue reading Demystifying smear tests: there is no reason to be embarrassed

Under threat: an introduction to The Student’s sustainability series

Originally published in The Student newspaper.  The lifestyle section are starting a series to explore the issue of sustainability and how small changes can result in us leading more sustainable lives. Each article will cover a different area of everyday life and what changes can be made to limit your individual impact on the environment. … Continue reading Under threat: an introduction to The Student’s sustainability series

Consent, changing attitudes, and the University of Edinburgh

The recent #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns have sparked a worldwide conversation about consent and sexual harassment. Something that started in Hollywood has turned into a reckoning against sexual harassment and assault; and one that can be felt across half of the world. Those that were previously untouchable are now being held responsible for their actions, … Continue reading Consent, changing attitudes, and the University of Edinburgh

REVIEW: The Student visits Edinburgh’s Coffee festival

On the 14th October 2017, Edinburgh Coffee Festival returned for the third year, this time expanding to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, as opposed to last year’s Summerhall. The festival was founded by current organiser Martin Dare in 2015, and has since gone from strength to strength. Originally starting with 25 suppliers in its first year … Continue reading REVIEW: The Student visits Edinburgh’s Coffee festival