Jessica Byrne

Senior Writer & Media Coordinator London, UK

I’m Jessica (She/Her). Originally from Bermuda, I moved to London to get a Master’s degree in Media & Communications and now write for Thred to spread the word about positive social change, specifically ocean health and marine conservation. You can also find me dipping my toes into other subjects like pop culture, health, wellness, style, and beauty.  Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hey there, I’m Jess.

You might think I’m crazy for choosing London over my beautiful island home Bermuda, but I’m a city girl at heart, feeling right at home wherever there’s no shortage of things to do and people to meet.

In my free time you can find me curating my endless number of Spotify playlists (and forcing them on my friends), watching football, documentaries, frequenting my favourite bars and restaurants, or ordering more books to add to my carefully curated shelf – from autobiographies to historical fiction, health and wellbeing, and popular culture.

After working for a couple years in Amsterdam, my love for telling a good story led me to join the team at Thred to spread the word about positive social change.

 

Latest Stories from Jessica

The cost-of-living crisis is sparking a rise in sex workers

The cost-of-living crisis is sparking a rise in sex workers

A UK organisation has flagged that the number of women turning to sex work in order to cope with the cost-of-living crisis is rising. Their service operates in numerous cities across the country, advising women on how to remain safe at work and how to stay within the lines of the law. With the growing popularity of adult content-sharing platforms such as OnlyFans, the definition of sex work has expanded...

By London, UK
McDonald’s introduces reusable packaging in Europe

McDonald’s introduces reusable packaging in Europe

The world’s favourite fast-food chain has launched reusable packaging in France. After an image of the new packaging went viral online, customers are expressing both excitement and concern. Could this be the future of the McDonald’s experience globally? Take a Saturday morning walk through any city centre and you’re bound to spot McDonald’s carry bags, cups, and cardboard containers littered on the streets or pouring out of public bins. As our...

By London, UK
New report links global fashion consumption to inequality

New report links global fashion consumption to inequality

A new fashion report by Berlin’s Hot or Cool Institute presents data on how fashion consumption exposes global inequalities, reveals how many outfits we really need in our closets, and makes suggestions for improving sustainability within consumer behaviour. Whether you already live by the advice of sustainable fashion advocates or not, there’s no denying that making simple changes to our shopping habits will play a significant role in fighting the...

By London, UK
How major oil firms will try to block the world’s first plastic pollution treaty

How major oil firms will try to block the world’s first plastic pollution treaty

Global leaders are meeting this week to secure the world’s first global plastic pollution treaty, but big oil companies have major stakes in continuing to produce virgin plastics. There’s sure to be major pushback. The fossil fuel industry is starting to lose its monopoly on the global energy sector. Renewables are being embraced worldwide, electric vehicles are becoming cheaper, and innovation aimed at storing green power continues to find success. Knowing...

By London, UK
Study shows coronavirus can have long-term effects on the brain

Study shows coronavirus can have long-term effects on the brain

Researchers have found differences in the frontal lobe and brainstem of recovered COVID-19 patients when compared to healthy people. These changes are linked to issues such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and other cognitive abnormalities. Feeling out of whack despite finally testing negative for COVID? A recent small study may have just discovered why. With millions of people reporting symptoms of long COVID, doctors everywhere are trying to figure out how...

By London, UK
Milan Design Week showcases innovative biofilm breakthrough

Milan Design Week showcases innovative biofilm breakthrough

At the world’s most important design event, Dutch designer Lionne van Deursen presented an innovative biofilm made from yeast. The eco-material could one day replace pesky plastic films that are notoriously difficult to recycle.  Phasing out plastics is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. With 9 billion tons of the stuff produced over the last seventy years, we’ve created a mess so difficult to eradicate that plastic can...

By London, UK
Marine biologists are optimising fishing practices in Europe

Marine biologists are optimising fishing practices in Europe

Oceanologists are using their knowledge to help fishermen increase their income while improving the sustainability of their catches. If implemented across Europe, it could transform the fishing industry in the Mediterranean. Though there’s been a lot of talk about unsustainable fishing in recent years, it’s important to remember that all fishermen are not created equal. Amongst the most problematic are industrial-sized fishing organisations and large fleets of trawling vessels, which obliterate...

By London, UK
Is egg freezing really a golden ticket to delaying parenthood?

Is egg freezing really a golden ticket to delaying parenthood?

The option for women to freeze their eggs is now regularly recommended by doctors, promoted in popular culture, and marketed to the masses via social media advertisements. But should we be wary of depending on its success? A new world record was broken last month, with two twin babies born from human embryos frozen over 30 years ago. The embryos had been stored inside liquid nitrogen at -128C back in 1992....

By London, UK
Coral reef projects receive a major boost in funding

Coral reef projects receive a major boost in funding

The forests of the ocean are suffering. Warming waters are causing ocean acidification and coral bleaching. Meanwhile, overfishing practices are causing the subsequent collapse of entire ecosystems. Bolstered funding from COP27 is aiming to slow – and hopefully reverse – the process. When we think about nature's ecosystems, coral reefs are often the last to come to mind. With almost 60 percent of the world’s population living in metropolitan cities,...

By London, UK
Loud listening habits risk hearing loss for 1 billion young people

Loud listening habits risk hearing loss for 1 billion young people

Take a walk outside and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone not wearing headphones. But could this everyday habit be detrimental to our hearing in the long run? Several recent studies say yes, if we’re not careful. Sorry, what was that? I couldn’t hear you over my LOUD taste in music. New studies suggest that over 1 billion young people globally are at risk of hearing loss due to poor music...

By London, UK