3 Simple Tips for a Happy Hallogreen!

 

hallogreen2Excuse the awful pun…

With Halloween just a few short days away, The Environment Team have come up with a few simple tips to help you become sustainably spooky…

1. Costumes – vintage, reused, DIY – oh my!

Instead of buying expensive pre-made costumes, see what you can put together from items you already own. If you are missing something from your outfit, borrow items from friends, or have a look in charity shops. We’ve listed some of our favourite DIY costumes below for inspiration…

lumberjackLumberjack

Throw on a checked shirt, jeans, hiking boots, and hat then draw on a beard (mascara works well) – simple!

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comicmakeupComic Book Character

Requires a bit of effort put into the makeup, but the result is very effective – check out YouTube for tutorials. Bright yellow hair optional.

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Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Dig out your green clothes, tie some coloured ribbon or strips of coloured fabric round your head, then make a shell by painting a disposable baking tray green. Kowabunga.

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mimeMime

Give your voice a rest and express yourself through actions…complete the look with some black trousers, a stripy top, and some face paint.

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rosie-the-riveter_0Rosie the Riveter

Put your hair up and tie a red ribbon or strip of material (try charity shops if you don’t have any) round your head for an iconic, yet incredibly easy costume.

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2. Decorations – a new lease of life for your rubbish

Planning a Halloween party? Don’t waste money buying decorations – get creative and make your own by upcycling some of your household waste!

eggcartonbatEgg cartons

Get out your scissors and some black paint to transform an egg carton into a cute bat decoration.

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milk_jug_skeletonPlastic milk bottles

Make this dapper skeleton out of empty plastic milk bottles.

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jamjarghostGlass jars

Transform your glass jars into ghostly lanterns with the help of some muslin cloth.

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loorollbatsLoo rolls

These bat ornaments are really easy to make by upcycling some loo rolls.

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3. Pumpkins – use every last bit

pumpkinsIf you’re carving a pumpkin this year, try and buy one that is locally grown and organic. When carving it, don’t forget to save the seeds and flesh – roast off the seeds with a little oil and salt, and use the flesh to make pumpkin bread, pies, muffins, soups, and more! Check out BBC Good Food for recipes, and remember to dispose of your pumpkin after Halloween by putting it in your food waste bin.

Happy Halloween!

Images: Lumberjack, Comic Book Character, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mime, Rosie the Riveter, Egg carton bat, Milk bottle skeleton, Glass jar lanterns, Loo roll bats, Pumpkins

Raisin Monday: Behind the Scenes

IMG_6798Every autumn, hundreds of first year students get dressed up in a variety of creative costumes by their academic mums, collect a receipt from their academic dads, then participate in a massive shaving foam fight that is broadcast across the world’s press in celebration of the St Andrews tradition that is Raisin Weekend.

In order to make this event run smoothly, a lot of University staff are involved – from the Students’ Association, to Student Services, the Janitors, Grounds staff, and the Environment Team, as well as assistance from Police Scotland. So what does Raisin Monday look like from behind the scenes…?

The morning starts off with a tour of the waste collection locations and Lower College Lawn (the home of this year’s foam fight), before heading into Lower College Hall for a hot cup of coffee and a bacon roll!

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DSC_0450The calm before the (foam) storm…

The janitors and grounds staff receive their briefing, then head out to finish setting up the barriers and man their stations!

DSC_0396John Jardine, Head Janitor, delivers the briefing.

DSC_0444The Grounds staff, ready to recycle!

The Police help control the crowds on North Street, managing the traffic and directing those headed to the foam fight through crowd barriers where they will meet the Environment Team!

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Two large skips are set up behind College Gate, along with glass and food waste bins to help separate the waste from everyone’s raisin receipts.

skipLynsey Smith, Sustainability Officer, ready to collect receipts!

This separation process has led to 2014 being the first ZERO WASTE Raisin Monday, meaning that every receipt collected was able to be recycled! All the waste was collected by the Binn Group and taken to a recycling facility just 30 miles west of St Andrews in Glenfarg. The collected food waste was anaerobically digested, which turns the waste into biogas and biofertiliser, which will be used to produce heat and electricity, and fertilise the fields of Fife! The recovered plastic, cardboard, and wood waste from the receipts was then separated and sent on to be given a new life as (among other things) plastic bottles, fleeces, newspapers, tissue paper, MDF, animal bedding, and biomass fuel.

Not only is this year the first time no waste has been sent to landfill, but it’s also the least waste we’ve ever collected – the receipts weighed under a tonne, when in previous years the receipts have weighed between 3-4 tonnes!

IMG_6802The skip isn’t even half-full!

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It’s always great fun to see the creative costumes and receipts the academic parents come up with…

DSC_0620…the Raisin Express

DSC_0631…a Tunnock’s Teacake

DSC_0744…raisins

DSC_0867…and Buzz Lightyear!

More photos of the costumes can be found in our Raisin Monday Facebook album.

After all the hard work collecting and sorting receipts, we head through to watch the end of the foam fight from the press area, where the world’s media were snapping away, capturing the foamy fun.

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DSC_1031Even the Sabbs aren’t safe from attack…Students’ Association President, Pat Mathewson, gets foamed!

Once people have had enough foam, they exit onto the Scores after a quick hosing down. The Grounds staff then move out to begin the clean up and restore Lower College Lawn to its former (unfoamy!) state.

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We hope you all enjoyed Raisin Monday this year, even with the change in location. In fact, I think a lot of people preferred holding it on the lawn as it allows academic parents access to view the fight from a safe distance to take photographs!

Thanks again for following the Green Raisin Guidelines, and doing your bit to help make this Raisin Monday the greenest one yet…and if you haven’t entered our Green Raisin Competition then send your photos to environment@st-andrews.ac.uk before Monday 27th to be in with a chance of winning a meal for the whole family! Good luck!

(a huge thank you to Amanda Cook for all the photographs!)