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Fair to showcase ethical living

Students, staff and local residents will find out how to consume and travel more ethically this week as the University of St Andrews launches its first Ethical Living Fair.

The Fair, on Wednesday 14 March in the Students’ Union, will host various local businesses and organisations that will provide information on subjects such as environmentally sustainable transport, household energy efficiency, and waste reduction and recycling.

Other parts of the fair will explain ways to adopt more ethical shopping habits whilst still shopping locally, and how to get involved with sustainable students societies and their projects.

Information on Fairtrade products and cafes and shops that sell them, which contribute to sustainable farming and growth in the third world, will also be available.

The University’s Environment Team has collaborated with the students’ Environment and Ethics Committee, which originally conceived the event.

Environment Manager Susan Horsman said, “The University’s first ever Ethical Living Fair will showcase new and better ways to travel; offer money-saving tips for your energy and transport bills; and highlight where organic and Fairtrade goods and clothing can be bought locally.”

The Fair is also being used to launch a Sustainability Survey project to gather data on opinions and behaviour relating to sustainability. Students who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win prizes, including ethically produced soap and shampoo and a wind-up radio courtesy of Waste Aware Fife.

For more information, contact Susan Horsman at snh1@st- andrews.ac.uk or on 01334 463986.

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Issued by Press Office, University of St Andrews. Contact 01334 467227 / 462529

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