Our Projects

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Remeducate

In the city of Kolkatta, India, there is a lack of medicinal provisions to the poor due to the high cost. In the meantime, more affluent residents hold excess unexpired medicine sitting idly in their homes or go to waste but are yet still safe to consume or use. There is a need to bridge the gap between these two scenarios. In other words, a redistribution of medicinal supplies. In addition, there is a clear case, anecdotally, of an over-reliance of medicine and some ill individuals’ symptoms are caused by a lack of basic hygiene or lack of basic ‘healthy’ lifestyle. They sometimes have access to government-funded hospitals too – whom can provide the dire medicinal supplies, but this is often not taken advantage of. The larger problem is still unaffordability. To address this issue, the project aims to create a centralized system where it can distribute safe-to-consume waste medicine to individuals who need it, but cannot afford it. At the same time, Remeducate wishes to hold educational workshops on basic health and hygiene in order to reduce the dependence of medicine in the long-term.

As a minimum viable product, the project has conducted a 'medicine' collection from a school in which the project partner would collect and then utilise in one of their hospitals.

For any questions please email Asmita Singhania as466@st-andrews.ac.uk

 
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Dine On A Dime

Dine on a Dime is a local project focused on decreasing food waste in St Andrews by positively influencing student consumption patterns. The project aims to incentivize students to eat their meals at restaurants during the hours before closing or at the end of a service - when the remaining food would end up as waste - by offering it at a discounted price through a fixed-price, meal-card system.

The project members were looking for potential partners and spoke to all restaurants in town restaurant. As a result, they partner with CombiniCo, and Prêt is another potential partner. The project wants to look for new partners in Dundee, as they could make a larger impact there.

The project is looking for beneficiaries. Moreover, they want to establish and advertise their brand efficiently and particularly attract students.

For any questions please email Maddie Lemasters mml5@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Resourced

Resourced aims to create a network and connect industries operating in the waste management to other industries that may use such waste as part of their production process, e.g. chicken feathers from farmers with a pillow-making company. While the former generates extra revenue from their 'waste' (as they would have otherwise thrown it away), the latter benefits from 'cheaper' costs of production.

The team is currently developing its strategy and identifying future steps. Moreover, they conduct market research regarding potential partners who are interested in a network in the area of Fife. The aim of this project is the establishment of an app or website where firms can easily upload their company information and benefit from the aforementioned synergies.

The minimum viable product of this project is a networking event with interested parties.

For any questions please email Joel Andersson at ja83@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Green Start

Green Start is a project that employs individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless to collect glass and plastic recycling from households in St Andrews. This plastic and glass waste will then be upcycled into desirable products that will be sold in the local community generating a small profit which will be re-invested in expanding the enterprise.

The project has conducted a needs assessment and secured a project partner. The next steps are to start signing students and households up and to pilot our collection.

For any questions please email Alex Rabinowitz amr24@st-andrews.ac.uk