Today marks the 24th annual World Vegan Day around the globe. And while leatherless Doc Martens and almond milk lattes may seem like the ultimate centennial fad, the growing lifestyle choice goes back more than seven decades to when Vegan Society co-founder Donald Watson first coined the term in 1944. Of course, steak dodgers still have their share of detractors. Waitrose Food magazine editor William Sitwell certainly didn't mince his words when he suggested "killing vegans, one by one" in an email just last week. While a recent row over the vegan status of avocado is sure to have left the surviving ones wondering what's OK and what's 'no way' amid a paradox of choice. From fashion to food and face cream, here we look at the new rules of veganism. FashionBurberry, Gucci and Versace: just a few of the fashion labels to phase out fur in 2018. So could leather be next after vegan fashion designer Tom Ford debuted his faux crocodile skin collection at New York Fashion Week? Lab-grown … [Read more...] about World Vegan Day: The brands that are leading the revolution
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TRAPPED under a heavy pile of rubble, Mosammed Rikte Begum cried out for water. “I’ll never forget the putrid smell of death,” she says. “I remember lying on a bunch of dead bodies, watching as two people died in front of me. I had no idea what was above or below me – or if I was going to survive.” Until April 24, 2013, Mosammed had made a living as a senior operator at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, a suburb just outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. On that morning, the worker, now 29, and thousands of colleagues had turned up for their shifts at the garment factory – which produced clothes on a shoestring budget for some of the world’s major retailers – despite huge cracks appearing in the factory walls the day before. Why? They were too frightened to lose their jobs. However, just moments after starting their shifts, the eight-storey factory building crumbled to the ground in less than 90 seconds. As a result, 1,134 … [Read more...] about Five years after the Bangladesh factory collapse — did the tragedy trigger a fashion revolution?
After months of debate about how to keep “fake news” from spreading, Facebook, alongside Apple, Spotify, and YouTube, has banned infamous conspiracy-theory outlet InfoWars from its platform. This comes after years of users requesting to have the notorious right-wing publication, known for spread hateful, and often dangerous, lies via online channels removed from the platform. For those who don’t make it a habit of reading falsehoods written by gammons, InfoWars is arguably the greatest contributor towards making conspiracy theories mainstream. Founded in 1999, the right-wing, glorified misinformation generator became the magnum opus of Alex Jones, a man whose apparent mission in life is to disseminate misinformation as widely and as quickly as possible. Jones rose to prominence as a right-wing commentator after the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, specifically for claiming it was faked by gun control advocates in the United States (a claim he’s … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Twitter failing to ban Infowars isn’t misjudged, it’s deliberate
Charisse Jones USA TODAY Published 7:02 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, is counting on a 6-year-old YouTube star to draw in gaggles of other pint-sized shoppers clamoring for bubble pets, T-shirts and capsules full of lime-green slime. On Monday, the store chain will debut Ryan's World, a toy and T-shirt line created by the first-grader whose YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, gets roughly 950 million views a month. Among kids, "clearly what's emerged in the last few years is they’re watching an influencer like Ryan on YouTube, and he's their authority,'' says Anne Marie Kehoe, Walmart's vice president and divisional merchandise manager of toys. That's "why we thought this was something to really move fast on.'' At a time when traditional retailers are struggling to woo shoppers, established brands and chains such as Walmart, Nordstrom and Target are increasingly collaborating with social media stars to … [Read more...] about Walmart, Nordstrom and others look to YouTube stars to woo millennials and Gen Z
All is not well in suburbia. Behind the veneer of detached mansions where flash businessmen boast about their curved 65-inch TVs that cost more than their mother-in-law’s houses and everyone glides around in Audi saloons, a teenage girl has gone missing. Safe (Netflix) is a new drama from American thriller writer Harlan Coben. Once you know that, this vision makes sense. The gated community where it is set feels American — neighbours gather for barbecues, houses have swimming pools and the teenagers play beer pong at parties. It’s as if Coben watched Broadchurch, realised murder happens in England too and merged a Desperate Housewives-style vision of community with a British whodunit. The protagonist is even an American actor, although he’s trying his best to put on an English accent and engage in dad banter. We first meet Tom Delaney (Michael C Hall) at his wife’s funeral. Seeing Hall by a grave is an instant reminder of how excellent he was in … [Read more...] about Monday’s best TV: Safe, Innocent and Criminal Minds