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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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Our lives will never be the same after COVID, and thank goodness for that

The COVID-19 crisis has had the particular quality of uprooting absolutely everybody’s lives. No single age group, social class, country or minority has been left untouched by a global pandemic that has changed the world forever. It’s hard to think of a time where one could be inside a packed theatre or at a massive […]

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Extinction Rebellion against sponsorship of the arts

On Sunday 18th October, the local branch of Extinction Rebellion in Dundee held a protest in front of the V&A – a design museum that stands to be the pride and joy of the city. Protesting Barclays funding of the new Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A, the local Dundee rebels portrayed a shocking and […]

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Wind farm plans are nothing but another blast of hot air

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person this week who was surprised to hear our glorious Prime Minister singing the praises of wind farms, in the UK’s annual bastard… sorry, ‘Tory’ convention. Keep in mind that this is the same man who in only 2013 (and consistently since) vigorously denounced wind power, asserting that it […]

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The environmental impact of disposable face masks

It is a clear, warm day in Edinburgh almost one year ago and people are taking to the streets to march for better legislation around climate change. Greta Thunberg’s movement has taken the world by storm and the international conversation is centred on sustainability and protecting our environment. Today, a year later, much has changed. […]

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‘Plastic Free July’ – which brands are leading the way?

This July, people all over the world are taking a plastic free pledge. Plastic Free July is a global movement which encourages people to rethink their daily habits and boycott single-use plastic once and for all. Despite our planet enjoying a brief respite from extreme emissions during lockdown, the use of single-use plastic has surged […]

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Hollywood hypocrisy and sustainable filmmaking

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most treasured actors of his generation, not just because of his undeniable talent but because of his relentless campaign for environmental reform. Yet he is a shining example of hypocrisy in the film industry. It’s not just that individual actors have been environmentally reckless; even the way we make […]

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This virus could be a wake up call for environmental change, if we let it

The COP26 summit is supposed to be a shining beacon of progress in the struggle against climate change, a moment to display how nations around the world are introducing reform to create greener, healthier and better economies and lifestyles but due to reasons I’m sure we can all extrapolate from current circumstances, it has had […]