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Student project grant winners

This year the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, in partnership with the Edinburgh University Students' Association, supported a wide range of projects through the Student Project Grant.

Precious Plastic Edinburgh

Precious plastic machines
Precious Plastic Edinburgh

A fun and creative recycling project to build local scale recycling machines, so that the University can recycle its own plastic.

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Edinburgh University Formula Student

This team of students' project is to build an autonomous f1-style racecar. Autonomous cars promise to be more fuel efficient, as well as faster and safer than human-controlled cars.

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High School Yards Green Space

A small community garden that makes use of permaculture techniques in the courtyard of High School Yards. 

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Palma Soap

Palma soap
Palma soap

Palma soap is a social enterprise working in the Kasungu district of Malawi to empower women through entrepreneurial action whilst combating mosquito-transmitted diseases. The project is currently working with 13 women to train and teach them how to produce, package and sell a mosquito repellent soap in communities based in the Kasungu district.

For those that can afford them, which is not the majority, mosquito nets are currently the only source of protection, and so the introduction of a mosquito repellent soap is an incredibly innovative and sustainable solution. Profits made by the sale of the soap goes towards the aim of providing financial security for the 13 beneficiaries.

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Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Project

Conference on Scotland's decarbonisation policies (energy and transport) at McEwan Hall on the 23rd of March 2018. 250 delegates are expected. The event comprises of talks, panels and workshops.

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Project Tupperware

This group of students is providing high quality, reuseable and sustainably sourced and produced Tupperware to residents in University accommodation at Sciennes and Ascham Court, to help tackle food waste.

R Sustainable Fashion Show

R Sustainable Fashion Show
R Sustainable Fashion Show

A sustainability fashion show to raise awareness of the impact of fast fashion both on workers and the environment. Garments featured in the show are recycled and repurposed. An accompanying exhibition features work from a range of artists who explore sustainability through mediums other than fashion. Please note the event has been cancelled due to the weather, but is likely to be rescheduled.

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Sanitree 

Producing and selling reusable sanitary pads in Kenya.

Retrospect Journal

This project is to publish an issue with the theme of Justice and Persecution. This is the journal's approach to social responsibility and sustainability. 

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Aiding Change

This project helps to provide solar powered hearing aids to hearing impaired, low-income individuals in the developing world. 

Green Thumb Project

Assistance with Gather project.

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Trip to Recycling Center

The project is to take a group of 15 students to a nearby recycling center, then following up with a conversation on how to bring what they learn into the community.