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Lifestyle

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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Lifestyle

Veganuary: why this lifestyle doesn’t always equal ethical

Veganuary: it’s back and bigger than ever, giving us the greatest opportunity to start the year with an ethically-conscious mindset. However, as veganism has become integrated into society, it is interesting to consider how the ‘vegan’ label has been interpreted and solely associated with ‘healthier’, even though there are plentiful vegan fast-food options that suggest […]

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Lifestyle

Bean there, done that: arabica vs robusta coffee

If you’re a coffee addict like me, then you might be well aware of the difference between arabica and robusta coffee; since the main consideration for consumers is taste, arabica is a lot smoother and robusta more bitter. However, we should also be considering which bean is better for the environment, as growing coffee beans […]

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Film

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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Science

Is Earth Hour just a distraction?

Darkness isn’t something that we see a lot of anymore. Maybe that sounds silly. Of course, the sun still sets every evening, and the blue sky fades to black; but between the houses, the street lamps, the shops and the structures, our city – our whole planet – is still kept very much in the […]

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Science

God cannot save us now

This past month, United States Republican Senator James Inhofe brought a snowball into the chamber floor, where he proceeded to throw it across the room as evidence that climate change does not exist. He suggested that, since it was cold enough for there to be snow just outside the chamber hall during the month of […]