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Why I hate Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The season of tacky decorations slapping you in the face every time you walk through a shop door; low-budget hallmark rom-coms clogging up the TV guide for weeks on end; and adverts bombarding us with enough reminders that even the most absent-minded of boyfriends […]

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Review: EAT ME

CW: graphic language, mentions of cannibalism Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In a world where most of the things we think, eat, drink, put on, take off, smoke, or scrub on different parts of our skin are socially constructed, it is no wonder that our ideas of love are constructed around an idealised romanticised version of it. No […]

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Five lockdown charity shop alternatives

Lockdown(s) have triggered us all to take conscious steps towards improving our lives. For many, this has taken the form of clutter clear outs and closet purges, making way for a minimalist ‘new you’. Now that the sunny weather is finally making an appearance in Edinburgh, your spring clean senses might be tingling even more. […]

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A New Tribe: can global consumerism be ethical?

Independent brand, ‘A New Tribe’, launched in 2016 in East London, stocking a variety of interior crafts from independent designers across the world. Shops like this play into the new desire for an ‘ethical’ consumerist culture, popularised by Instagram-born brands such as Grace Beverley’s Tala. But can global consumerism be truly ethical? Immediately evident from […]

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Hellish conditions of Amazon warehouses revealed in latest reports

Our society has begun to revolve around consumer needs, depending upon the speediness of one-day delivery and keeping up with the ever-changing system of the latest trends. The pressure placed on staff working in Amazon’s warehouses has been highlighted previously by the Channel 4 undercover series Dispatches: Secrets of Amazon. The constant demand of sales […]

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Eco-friendly or illusion: the dangers of greenwashing

The environmental crisis poses an existential threat to human life on this planet. Yet in our hyper-consumerist society, the cycles of capitalism don’t sleep. As people try to make their lifestyles greener, companies are adapting to our society’s demand for eco-friendly products. But this presents a paradox to large-scale product-based companies. Those who are commercial […]

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Colourism in 2019: Your favourite brands are selling skin-whitening products behind your back

Skin-lightening is a booming part of the cosmetics industry and some of your favourite brands are telling women worldwide that they need whiter skin to make them happy. In 2017, the skin-lightening industry was valued at $4.8 billion, and it is projected to grow to $8.9 billion by 2027. The market is truly global, as […]

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Black Friday: A student’s bargain or holiday nightmare?

Deadline season has merged into the revision period, Christmas is coming, and we are all bracing ourselves for the holiday period – and how much we have to spend. In the last few weeks we have seen Thanksgiving in the United States, and with it came Black Friday and Cyber Monday (that has spread to […]