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Tourists, your travel money is probably contributing to the whaling industry

The whaling is highly controlled in Iceland. Fishermen respect their quotas, but do not intend to abandon a centuries-old tradition. In the smell of death, heirs of the Vikings carve huge steaks in the flesh of whales, mainly for meat and oil, to answer consumer needs and cosmetics industry. (Photo by COLLART Hervé/Sygma via Getty Images)
Flensing at a whaling station in Iceland (Picture: COLLART Hervé/Sygma via Getty Images)

On Sunday June 10, for the first time in two years, whaling ships will set sail from Iceland to hunt endangered fin whales. 

While the Icelandic government has agreed that a limited amount of these whales (191) can be hunted in 2018, minke whales… Read the full story

Healthy eating is on the rise thanks to social media, says vegan influencer

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Social media might have its downsides but one thing’s for sure, it’s great at delivering us hefty portions of #foodporn.

And platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are saturated with colourful dishes and ideas, many of which are delicious plant-based alternatives and healthy recipes.

At least, that’s what vegan chef Gaz Oakley believes.

He runs the AvantGardeVegan Instagram account and YouTube channel and he says that there’s a load of information about healthy eating out there these days, largely thanks to social media.

‘Instagram particularly has helped turn everyone into a foodie,’ he says.

‘All you have to do is go to a restaurant and see people snapping pictures of their food.

‘And I just… Read the full story

Our annual chocolate biscuit habit adds up to over 32,000 calories a year per person

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First of all, let’s be clear: the odd biscuit is good for the soul.

And chocolate biscuits really are the closest thing to heaven in a packet.

But if you’re looking to lose a little body fat, tone up or generally just reduce your sugar intake, then you might want to start by looking at your chocolate biscuit consumption.

Because according to research by myvouchercodes.co.uk, our decadent digestive habit can add up to a massive 32,256 calories over the cause of a year – per person!

How many of us have a couple of biscuits with our cups of tea? And if you have a couple of cups every day, that can… Read the full story

Did you know that black plastic can’t be recycled?

Quorn's new recyclable and old non-recyclable packaging
Quorn has pledged to ditch the black (Picture: Quorn)

Every year around 1.3 billion black plastic trays get used – and most of them end up in landfill, according to Greenpeace UK.

Why? Because black plastic is really hard to recycle.

According to Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner Fiona Nicholls, it’s because black plastic gets its colour from being dyed with carbon black pigments – and it’s those pigments that stop the plastic from being recycled in this country.

She tells HuffPo that ‘recycling plant sensors can’t identify and sort black plastic, so most of it goes to landfill if we’re lucky and our oceans… Read the full story

It might not be Terry’s but we still want to sip this chocolate orange gin

(Picture: Not Terry’s Chocolate Orange Gin Liqueur)

If you thought chocolate oranges were just for Christmas, think again.

Because there’s now an even better way to enjoy that delicious hybrid – and it’s nothing to do with Terry.

‘Not Terry’s’ Chocolate Orange Gin Liqueur is here and it sounds like every chocolate fanatic’s dream.

It’s a brilliantly adult take on one of our favourite chocolate classics.

Made with 100% natural cacao and natural botanicals, it’s basically a liquefied chocolate orange with an added kick (it’s 20% ABV so do not go downing the bottle if you value your stomach contents).

Maybe serve over ice for a chilled post-dinner digestif, or use as part of a creamy cocktail.… Read the full story

So, how about buying this Ikea shopping receipt rug for your living room?

Ikea shopping receipt rug designed by Virgil Abloh (Picture: Ikea)
(Picture: Ikea)

You know what your living room is missing? A nice, big, statement rug.

And Ikea has just the thing to fill that interior void – a receipt rug.

But it’s not just any receipt rug. Oh no, this one has been designed by Louis Vuitton artistic director, Virgil Abloh.

Ikea has teamed up with Virgil for a new collection called Markerad, which is targetted at millennials, and the company released the rug design at its annual Democratic Design Days conference.

The point of the Markerad, according to its creative lead, Henrik Most, is to elevate everyday objects.

‘Virgil has a fantastic ability to work with… Read the full story

Are your unachievable body goals just a distraction from difficult life decisions?

Tummies bloat and change size - get used to it
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No matter how fit we get, many of us have ‘trouble areas’ that never seem to improve.

In my case, it’s belly fat.

I’ve done body transformations and diets, I’ve run marathons, I’ve lifted weights and no matter how small or toned I get, it feels like my belly fat never really goes away.

OK, some of that is to do with insulin sensitivity; if you carry a lot of fat around your gut, the first thing you may want to consider is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. But what happens… Read the full story

Not getting enough sleep can lead to obesity

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We know that sleep is important.

Go too long without a good night’s kip and you end up irritable, unable to concentrate, and sometimes in a compromised mental state.

But it can take a physical toll too.

A new study, presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in the US, has confirmed that not getting enough sleep leads to a heightened risk of obesity because we crave junk food far more when we’re tired.

Sleep researchers have found that two-thirds of people crave junk food when they haven’t had enough sleep.

60% of participants reported regular nighttime snacking, which is linked to obesity and an… Read the full story

If you hate running and value your knee cartilage, give power walking a go

Lace up and get out (Picture: Ella Byworth)

Running is a magical thing.

When you look at how far you’ve run, you can feel phenomenal. It can be a cardio workout like no other. And the running community – both online and offline – is incredibly supportive.

But what if you hate running? For those of us who love it, it’s easy to tell folk to push through and persevere. The thing we often forget, however, is that running isn’t the only form of cardio that you can do both in a gym and on the road.

Power walking might be every bit as beneficial (and if you suffer from knee and IT band… Read the full story

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being slowly eaten up by the desert – here’s what that looks like

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi might be two of the glitziest cities on the planet but they’re basically built on desert planes.

And, if Australian photographer Irenaeus Herok’s photos are to be believed, they’re in the process of being slowly eaten up by sand.

He’s been spending time out in the desert with a drone, capturing half-consumed roads, roundabouts and other signs of civilization.

Irenaeus is based in Sydney and specialises in landscape and portraiture photography, drawing his inspiration from old master paintings and cinema.

In this series, we see the battle between nature and human endeavor; the UAE might have built its cities at lightning speed but nature is giving as good… Read the full story

Felicity Hayward claps back at beach body shamers with the ultimate bikini post

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Felicity Hayward is body positivity personified.

As well as being a successful model, she’s also the founder of Self Love Brings Beauty – an inclusive movement focused on self-love.

So it’ll come as no surprise to learn that when she was recently mocked by two beachgoers when she was sunbathing in a bikini on her holiday, she responded with the perfect clap back.

Posting a photo of herself rocking a thong bikini, she wrote: ‘To the couple sitting on the beach making fun, laughing and taking photos of me and my friends enjoying our holiday in lil bikinis, I will stand in front of you for 15 mins and take… Read the full story

The winners from the National Zoo and Aquarium Photo Awards

National Zoo & Aquarium Photo Award Winners
National Zoo & Aquarium Photo Award Winners

Want to know what a beetle dancing to YMCA looks like up-close? Always wanted to see a koala cuddling a toy version of himself?

Well, those are just a few of the winning subjects of this year’s National Zoo and Aquarium Photo Awards.

Sponsored by Wildlife Vets International, other winning photos include a baby lemur cuddling his mother and a candid chimp.

The results from this year’s competition were announced at an event hosted by Living Coasts in Torquay to make the start of the BIAZA 2018 Annual Conference and AGM. Dozens of entries were submitted, highlighting the vital conservation work… Read the full story

Victoria Beckham is putting on an old masters exhibition with Sotheby’s

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Victoria Beckham has already conquered the pop and fashion world, and now she’s setting her sights on the art industry.

The designer is set to host a mini-exhibition of her favourite works from the upcoming London Old Masters Sales at Sotheby’s.

‘I always wanted my store to be an evolving space in which it was possible to showcase work from artists that I feel passionate about, so I am thrilled to partner with Sotheby’s on this project,’ VB tells Vogue.

‘It has been an absolute pleasure selecting the pieces and learning more about Old Masters while doing so.’

It’s not Victoria’s first foray into the… Read the full story

Man shares the brutal reality of fatphobia

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A man has taken to Twitter to explain what the experience of being a fat person is like, in the hope of eliciting a little empathy from people who see fat as a reason to insult or attack. 

In the thread, Kivan, a transman based in the US, addresses all the ways that he as a fat person goes through life feeling ashamed and all the little adjustments he makes in order to try and go unnoticed.

Design student from Goldsmiths is making bikinis and egg cups from human hair

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When you shed like a dog, pulling dead hair out of your tangle teaser and binning it can seem like a waste of a great resource.

Surely there’s something you could do with your luscious locks?

Maybe you could merge strands together to form a pair of shoelaces, or knit them into an egg up, a la Lydia Hunt.

She’s a final year design student at Goldsmiths, University of London, who has been using human hair to create a range of personal items from bras to skipping ropes.

Lydia was inspired after discovering a preserved pair of her grandmother’s 70-year-old plaits and experimenting with how she might use the hair to create… Read the full story

Calls for term ‘anti-ageing’ to be banned from skincare and cosmetics

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A report has called for the term ‘anti-ageing’ to be banned from the cosmetics industry.

The RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health, Vision, Voice and Practice) published their report ‘How attitudes to ageing affect our health and wellbeing’ to shine a light on the general air of negativity and shame that surrounds the ageing process.

‘We’re all ageing. Yet ageism is the most commonly experienced form of prejudice and discrimination, both in the UK and across Europe,’ the report reads.

‘Other forms of discrimination, such as racism and sexism, are rightly regarded as unacceptable, yet ageist assumptions and attitudes often go unchallenged.’

It describes ‘the gendered nature of… Read the full story

4,000 have signed a petition to bring back Cadbury’s Snowflake

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Snowflake was Cadbury’s best bar by far.

A white chocolate flake coated in thick, smooth milk chocolate – what wasn’t to like? And yet, the chocolate giants discontinued Snowflakes in 2008.

And now, chocolate lovers are demanding Cadbury bring it back into circulation, with over 4,000 signing a petition for re-release.

John Malogony set up the campaign on change.org, writing: ‘In 2008 Cadbury broke hearts by discontinuing the Snow Flake (or Flake Snow). The bizarre decision still baffles people to this day and it needs to be rectified’.

Snowflakes first hit shelves back in August 2000 and eight years later, was unceremoniously pulled – along with the glorious Dream bar. It’s almost… Read the full story

There’s a difference between kinky and abusive and we need to be clear about that

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When I was a teenager I moved to London and spent lots of my time messing around on the BDSM scene.

Now, I’m not saying that London’s underground sex scene is perfect, but one thing it is really good about is educating newer members about the difference between kinky and abusive.

Lots has changed since I found the fetish scene, nearly a decade ago. Kinky sex is no longer the preserve of a dedicated community. It’s common. Really, really common.

Whether you want to experiment with rough sex, bondage, breath play, spanking or slapping, it’s all on the table. I regularly hear stories from friends who’ve gone… Read the full story

Original 90s Polly Pockets are coming back this summer

Original 90s Polly Pockets are coming back this summer
Did you have one of these? (Pictures: Getty/Mattel)

If you were a child in the 90s, then Polly Pocket was probably on your radar.

The cute shell and heart compacts that opened up to reveal tiny figurines and intricate living spaces were iconic.

Polly Pocket was discontinued in 1998 when Mattel took over Bluebird Toys, later resulting in a failed relaunch where they released versions of the toy with much larger dolls – which didn’t go down well at all.

Now, Mattel has revealed that it will be bringing back a version of the OG Polly Pocket, which we’re all pretty happy about.

The toy company… Read the full story

Plus-size model says she’s been shadow banned by Instagram because of her body

(Picture: Georgina Horne/ @FullerFigureFullerBust)

Georgina Horne is a model, influencer and body positive activist. 

Like lots of influencers, she posts pictures of her holidays, collaborations with brands and photo shoots to her 194,000 followers.

But unlike most influencers, she’s also claims to have been shadow banned by Instagram.

A so called ‘shadow ban’ is a term used by social media users to describe having your online capabilities reduced by a platform. In the case of Instagram, an alleged shadow ban hides your Instagram posts from users who don’t follow you, which makes it harder to grow your account or reach new followers. If you get shadow banned on Instagram and then use hashtags, only… Read the full story

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