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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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The road to eco-friendly cities: could our streets be car-free?

Have you ever noticed how much space in city is taken up by cars? The precise numbers are difficult to calculate, but according to some estimates, in US cities like Houston and Dallas car parking can take up as much as 70% of urban land. Now let’s try to imagine that space taken over by […]

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Green is the new black: commercial shops’ sustainability efforts just ain’t that sustainable

The drive to be more sustainable has taken the world by figurative storm over the last few years and has shone a light on how ethical our favourite brands and businesses actually are. Whilst we have been told to reduce, reuse and recycle for most of our lifetimes, it is only now that we as […]

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How to have a sustainable Christmas

Whether it be over-indulging on the turkey, having a few too many Proseccos, or even going overboard with the gift-giving, there’s no doubt that Christmas can be a time of excess. But perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the holiday in all its extravagance is the amount of pollution it produces. Increasingly over the years, […]

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Eco-friendly Edinburgh jewellery brands you need to know about

The rebellion against fast-fashion brands is in full force. With big online retailers like ASOS getting involved, it’s clear this is no passing fad. However, jewellery seems to slip under the radar. While it’s well-known that gold and diamonds can come from ethically dubious sources, less expensive accessories carry their own environmental debt. Tracing back […]

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ASOS’s new super simple sustainability search function

ASOS has recently launched both a new ‘Responsible’ filter to show you items made of recycled and sustainable materials, and a whole Responsible Edit, which features more than 8000 clothing pieces. Since attending the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2017, ASOS has been committed to improving their sustainable fashion practices and reducing their environmental footprint. This has involved increasing the […]

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The Green Carpet Fashion Awards and their sustainable mantra

Move over red carpet events, it’s green’s time to shine! The Green Carpet Fashion Awards have taken the world by storm for the third year running. We’re all well aware of what a red carpet event entails and now green is the colour we should all be paying more attention to. Last Sunday saw the […]

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The Student visits Eco Larder: Edinburgh’s first zero-waste shop

On November 20, Edinburgh saw the opening of its first zero-waste supermarket. Hidden away in Haymarket (200 Morrison Street to be precise) is The Eco Larder. This gem of a shop is the brainchild of Stephanie & Matt Foulds (who are also the founders of Sunshine Yoga in Gorgie). They expressed that just a few […]