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Could Your Crystals Be Unethically Sourced?
According to a report from The New Republic, the objects of our collective obsession could have some seriously questionable origins. “I tried to track down the sources of crystals sold on popular websites. I found that some were mined in countries with notoriously lax labor and environmental regulations, and some came from large-scale U.S. mines that have contaminated ecosystems and drinking water,” reports the writer. What’s more, in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, “children as young as seven work the mines.”
Read More: The New Republic
Do You Really Want to Know How Much Time You Spend on Instagram?
According to the CEO of Instagram, a new feature will allow you to find out just how much of your day is being spend on the app. “We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram,” says CEO Kevin Systrom. “Any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.” You’ll be able to find the information in your settings in “Usage Insights,” that is, if you really want to know.
Read More: TechCrunch
Say Goodbye to Harmful Sunscreen Chemicals
You already know the importance of ditching chemicals in your deodorant, mascara, and more, but have you made the switch to chemical-free sunscreen yet? In addition to the damage the chemicals in sunscreen can do to your body, they can also wreak havoc on ocean life, which is why Hawaii has become the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. On May 1, the state passed legislation prohibiting “the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean,” according to the New York Times.
Read More: New York Times
The Hottest New Shopping Mall is… Instagram
You already know that you can access price details and a direct link to products in the posts of your fave businesses on Instagram. After a few clicks though, you might have also noticed that you have to leave the app in order to make the purchase. Coming soon, you’ll be able to online shop without ever leaving the app. According to TechCrunch, Instagram has added a native payments feature for select users, which “lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram.” Cue the 4am insomnia purchases now.
Read More: TechCrunch
Impact Kitchen Expands to the West Side
Finally you’ll be able to satisfy your Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie cravings on both sides of town: Impact Kitchen is ready to open its doors on the west side. The healthy fast-casual hotspot has announced it will open at the corner of Adelaide and Brant the week of May 21.
Read More: Impact Kitchen
Sephora Gets into the Clean Beauty Game
Starting June 1, Sephora will get serious about clean beauty with a new category called “Clean at Sephora.” While the brand already allows consumers to see which products are free from harmful chemicals, the new category’s launch arrives in response to the ongoing push for transparency in the beauty industry. “Together with Sephora’s brands, industry experts, external council — including feedback from clients — Sephora has curated a partnership with its brands across cosmetics, skin care, hair care, and fragrance that stand behind the ‘Clean at Sephora’ category,” according to Allure Magazine.
Fifty brands are on board already and will earn a “Clean at Sephora” seal, while more than 2,000 product pages on the brand’s website will be marked “clean.” You’ll also be able to shop the clean beauty items at a special in-store area.
Read More: Allure
lululemon Announces Swimwear Collaboration
Not a surfer? Thanks to lulu, now you can at least look the part. This week, lululemon announced a partnership with pro surfer Malia Manuel (who at 14 became the youngest surfer ever to win the US Open of Surfing) on a line of swimwear inspired by Manuel’s lifestyle. The collection “aims to mirror her surf philosophy, mindful approved, and fluid and free spirit on the waves,” according to a press release. Items in the collection are made with a four-way stretch, quick-drying fabric with UV protection that is also chlorine and salt water tested.
The collection launches online and in select stores on May 8 (in Toronto that’s Queen West, Yorkville, Eaton Centre, and Briar Hill). Will wearing items from the line help you drop into a gnarly wave (are we doing this surf terminology thing right?) better? Maybe. But either way you’ll look good trying.
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B Yoga Acquires Halfmoon Products
B Yoga the Toronto-based brand beloved for its super grippy mats (among other luxe products), announced this week that it has acquired Halfmoon Products, a Vancouver-based yoga and meditation accessories company. The brands had been collaborating for the past year which led to B Yoga’s decision to bring them into the fold.
“We couldn’t be happier that Halfmoon is joining the B Yoga family,” says B Yoga founder Andrea Morris. “Both companies are deeply rooted in the same values— integrity, authenticity, respect, empowerment. It feels natural for these companies to come together, and I’m looking forward to working with Beth [McTavish, Halfmoon founder] to make this transition as seamless as possible.”
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Future of Nike’s Leadership is Female
In the wake of the New York Times’ article about Nike’s HR department overlooking sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaints while female staffers took investigating the claims into their own hands, Nike has ousted a few of its male leaders and replaced them with female staffers. Thirteen-year employee Amy Montagne will replace Jayme Martin (who was allegedly let go for protecting his male colleagues who “engaged in behavior that was demeaning to female colleagues,” according to Racked) as VP. The company also replaced its male head of diversity and inclusion with its 15-year VP of global corporate communications, Kellie Leonard.
Read More: Racked
Keeping Up with Kongress
We give it a week before Kris renames it Kapitol Hill. This Tuesday, Kourtney Kardashian joined Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook to speak to congressional leaders about updating cosmetics legislation. “She’s meeting with lawmakers to update an 80 year old FDA law to help make beauty products safer,” NBC Washington’s Jennifer Vasquez tweeted. Kourtney was there to call for “new legislation that will give cosmetic companies an guideline of how much of a certain chemical they can use,” Vasquez also shared.
Read More: E! News
How About a Mani to Go with Those Burpees?
Taryn Toomey, creator of The Class and all-around wellness guru, now wants to expand her empire to your nails. Toomey announced her second collaboration with the 8-free brand, featuring the light pastel shades that dominate her wardrobe (and the previous collection she launched with lululemon). Pick up the polishes as a trio or upgrade to an option that also includes a pedicure at a Tenoverten salon and a credit for a session at The Class ($155 USD).
Read More: New York Magazine
Want to Build Immunity? Run a Marathon.
You’ve been told that sustained strenuous exercise can hamper your immune system’s ability to do its job, but what if the opposite were true? According to research conducted by a team at the University of Bath in England, it turns out that “contrary to widespread belief, a long, tiring workout or race can amplify immune responses, not suppress them,” according to an article in the New York Times. Race on, friends!
Read More: New York Times
By Chloe Namesake Sues Parent Company
After being ousted from her namesake NYC eatery last year, Chloe Coscarelli of By Chloe is firing back at the vegan hot-spot’s parent company with a new lawsuit. Coscarelli is asking for damages from ESquared Hospitality after it removed her but continued to use her name as it expanded the company to 10 locations, according to Eater. She alleges that CEO Jimmy Haber took measures to remove her after she rejected his “advances” as well as “his requests to license her name for mass produced food,” Eater reports. The suit comes on the heels of ESquared’s announcement last week of a $31 million investment that they plan to use to open 20 more locations globally.
Read More: Eater
A Shot of Skincare
Think of your favourite serum and how amazing your skin looks and feels for that brief period immediately after you apply it. What if you could get that aesthetic for a longer period of time? What if that meant turning to injections? Turns out some of our beloved skincare product ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which is sought after to stimulate collagen synthesis, may only work when injected. “Put simply, the penetration of topical skincare will always fall short when compared to something that goes under the skin,” says cosmetic physician Dr. Sarah Tonks in an article by Vogue UK.
Read More: Vogue UK
The Wing is Headed to Toronto
Ultra chic women’s-only co-working and community hub, The Wing, is expanding to Toronto in 2019, according to the company’s website. While we don’t have any additional details yet (stay tuned!), we can hope for the same cool-girl aesthetic (think: Glossier products and lots of millennial pink), insanely impressive guest speakers (oh hey Hilary Clinton), and outside-the-box events (the first NYC space opened with an ultra-exclusive sleepover; Lena Dunham and Jena Lyons were among the guests). The Wing was inspired by the women’s club movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, and is currently expanding beyond its NYC locations to LA, Seattle, and London.
Read More: The Wing
Bobbi Brown Launches Wellness Line
While her eponymous line’s colour palate always skewed natural, makeup mogul Bobbi Brown is finally making a major move into all-natural wellness. Brown, who stepped away from her brand in 2016, launched a new company, Beauty Evolution, and a website, justBOBBI, on Monday. “justBOBBI is a modern lifestyle platform for all things wellness, beauty, travel, and everything in between,” she wrote in an Instagram post. The big news though, is her new product line, Evolution 18, a range of dietary supplement wellness products using only “high performing, non-toxic ingredients,” according to her website. Products includ “Strengthen Capsules,” a probiotic, and protein powders. The line launches soon but until then, you can join the waitlist on her website.
Read More: Hollywood Reporter
Nike Launches “Unconscious Bias Training”
In an effort to “accelerate representation of women and people of color at leadership levels,” Nike announced that it will “launch targeted training programs, invest in a diversity sourcing team as well as ‘Unconscious Bias training’ for all managers,” according to an article on Business of Fashion. Currently 29% of the company’s VPs are women.
Read More: Business of Fashion
W Hotels Launches FUEL Weekends
Earlier this year, we predicted that wellness would become a major part of our travel planning, and W Hotels is proving us right. FUEL Weekends by W Hotels enlists fitness experts to act as weekend workout guides (including OG yogi Tara Stiles), and offer workout options like yoga, boxing, surfing, and HIIT. Locally-sourced healthy cuisine will be a major part of the weekend, followed by a chance to “retox” with cocktails, healthy light bites, and a pool party with an open bar because #balance. The inaugural weekends will take place at W Punta de Mita, then W Verbier, and W Dubai – The Palm.
Read More: PR Newswire
AMMAP: As Many Meats as Possible
Over the past few years, CrossFit has become synonymous with paleo, the diet that eschews sugar, refined foods, and dairy (among other things) in favour of quality meats and produce. Now, thanks to a partnership with Strauss Brands, a major meat company, you’ll be able to follow up a snatch sesh with a special brand of CrossFit-approved meat. The CrossFit Approved box features “a curation of Strauss’ free-range chicken, grass-fed burgers, beef sticks, and various cuts of steak,” available at Strauss’ online store, according to a press release.
Read More: PR Newswire
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