Consumer products laced with toxic chemicals in one form or another, all in the name of fast, cheap and disposable, have become the norm over the last few decades. That is finally changing, due to public outcry after the discovery that fast, cheap and disposable is making us sick. Aldi has heard that cry for change and has responded by promising to sell only toxic-free products in their stores.
The German-based supermarket is growing rapidly and has made its way to Australia and the United States. As one of the top ten retailers in the world, what Aldi does will be noticed and watched closely by the rest of the retail world. Aldi has made the public commitment to remove all the hazardous chemicals from the textile products they sell within the next five years.
Brad Reifler (reuters.com) has learned that Greenpeace, an organization committed to the elimination of chemical usage in consumer products, is also asking retailers to rethink how products are made and used to help further push the detox movement forward.
Smart phones are truly amazing. They can suggest restaurants, predict the weather, and remind you of an upcoming dentist appointment. Smart phones are like having a personal assistant in your pocket. Now, thanks to the popular Skout app, your phone can also be your social matchmaker.
Making new friends can be difficult and stressful. With the Skout app, a person can find nearby people with similar interests. Have you recently moved? Make new friends with Skout. Traveling alone in a strange city? Use the application’s travel feature to make new friends. The app is available in over 180 countries so, no matter where you roam, you can find friends.
Skout is not limited to making new friends; it can also introduce possible romantic partners. Many people are turning to online dating sites to find true love. The most common problem is location. Often times the most compatible matches are far away and a long distance relationship is difficult at best. Skout solves that problem with ease by only showing you nearby users.
Skout uses the GPS on a cell phone to locate users near you. You can then browse online profiles and recent activities to determine if someone is compatible with you. Skout offers instant messaging to allow users to become comfortable with a person before meeting. The app also offers virtual gifts that users can send each other as a way to break the ice.
Teenagers are using the application as well. Rest assured the two age groups are carefully segregated. Also, the GPS function is disabled on teen accounts for additional safety. Teenagers often have difficulty making friends at school. Also, most teenagers are more comfortable texting than talking. So Skout allows young people to make friends in a way that is acceptable to them.
As the warmer months approach, plans for outdoor activities are in the works. Picnics, beach weekend getaways, and summer festivals will soon fill the calendar. Along with the sunshine will come UV radiation and the effects thereof. With ample sunscreen, people will block the harmful rays to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Consequently, they will not benefit much from the sun’s natural measure of Vitamin D.
Evidence suggests that a reasonable quantity of Vitamin D may even help curb depression
However, a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen indicates that too much of the nutrient can be harmful as well. According to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, high levels of Vitamin D have been linked for the very first time with cardiovascular deaths. In the study, an increased risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack correlated with Vitamin D levels that were higher than 100 nanomol per litre. More than 200,000 people were observed for a period of seven years (woah… that’s some customer service in higher education
, right there!), and the ideal level appears to be 70.
A Missouri teen was sent home from school because she died her hair red. The high school junior died her hair auburn. The principal stopped her after seeing the dye job, and remarked that the coloring didn’t look natural. The principal then made the student call her mom to come pick her up.
Folks at Anastasia Date have read that the hair dye in question was supposed to dye the student’s hair a red hair color. Her mother uses the same line of products by Garnier, and results are typically darker than expected. Knowing that, she chose a brighter color, thinking that it would come out a little darker. Her natural hair color is red, although not quite as bright.
The school’s handbook indicates that student’s are not allowed to attend school with unnatural hair colors including pink, purple and blue. When the student returned to school the next day, she was sent home once again because she had not changed her hair color.
The Antique Wine Company (AWC), which is based in London, is a wine merchant that specializes in rare and fine wines. The company was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982 and has managed to garner a massive market share with over 20,000 clients in more than 70 countries. Stephen Williams started showing love for wines while young. He would go to people’s homes with the aim of tasting their wine but later came up with a more applicable idea: he is the person behind the formation of the Antique Wine Company. Judging by its recent achievement scores, The Antique Wine Company is among companies to watch in 2015. Well, there is more information about this company that you may want to know. Read on to get some interesting facts about the company.
AWC is a limited public company that is unlisted. They made their first share placement in 2013 and this enabled the company to grow further. The company is owned by its founder Stephen Williams along with other successful business people. Through its dedication to attain an international status, AWC appointed Stuart Young as their sales director. Stuart was appointed to embrace, among other tasks, spearheading the growth of an international team of rare wine advisors. This would see more improvements in the operations of the company based on information that would be submitted from the office of the sales director.
It is also notable that AWC is uniquely positioned among other competitors because of its strong customer relations, good brand image as well as impressive physical premises. It would be fair to say that they have proved the best in this market. Going by the fact that customer concerns should be given the first priority in business, AWC has invested on this by having a good support department. They have not been identified in any disputes despite the complexity involved in this market.
In the year 2011, The Antique Wine Company broke world record by releasing the world’s most expensive fine wine ever sold. To date, the company has maintained an international image and is growing every day. Demand has also increased thereby making AWC a giant seller among other similar companies. It is important to note the fact that most ideas behind the growth of AWC are inspired by the entrepreneurial environment that has been opened up by investors that make up the company.
Spring is an exciting time of the year, namely for fashion’s sake. This year, designer collections will include a subtle nod to the ’70’s. In addition to the ever-lovely spin upon masculine sophistication, staying trendy will also be remarkably doable this season, on any budget. As cold-weather staples transition seamlessly into the season’s fabulously new, 2015 style, a few key pieces are all that’s needed for a successful wardrobe update.
The Trapeze Dress and Lengthy Hemlines
Trapeze-cut tops and mini-dresses are as versatile, as they are interesting. With a tight, halter-style neckline, and flared bottom, these pieces can be layered over pants, and easily transition from day to evening-wear, with some quick accessory updates.
2015 Color Pallet
The lightest, pastel hues will be featured, alongside a spectrum of neutrals, and indiscernible patterns. Some of the most stylish combinations in clothing, will also include ingeniously-faint Hawaiian patterns. The tiniest of check patterns have also been featured on this years runway, in addition to bold, black, and white contrasts.
The previously known Bermuda short, has been fiercely upgraded this year. Now known as Culottes, this ultimate wardrobe piece remains ideal to be combined with anything tailored. Finally, blazers, and high heels will polish of each modern, 2015 style appropriately. If you follow these spring fashion rules, I guarantee you’ll look as good as Fersen Lambranho this season.
Wet Seal may be the next in line for inventory liquidation, just like their contemporaries, dELiA*s and DEB Shops. Many fashion retailers seem to be having some issues addressing the desires of modern women.
Wet Seal, a former staple of the 1990’s shopping mall, may be the next victim in this failing generation of clothing retailers. Bank of America, the company’s lender, has begun to carefully scrutinize their cash flow in the wake of reportedly low earnings.
The executive responsible for overseeing store operations issued their resignation on Friday, following a dismal 5 cents per stock-share closing price. It would be a prudent move for Tom Rothman and Wet Seal to further rethink their staffing plans at the corporate level. Current executives are clearly out of touch with the climate of today’s fashion market.
The company recently settled a discrimination lawsuit, based upon evidence that they systematically transferred black employees to lower-volume stores. Wet Seal consented to pay $7.5 million in damages, an expenditure scarcely affordable.
Compared to their primary competitors like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russo, it’s clear that Wet Seal has some improvements to make. The company needs to embrace the fashion ideals of young women today: fun, diversity and individualism.
The design studio Nervous System has made a breakthrough in the use of 3-D printing technology in the field of clothing. We have all seen the YouTube videos of someone shooting a gun where at least some of the parts were 3D printed. Typically, any time 3-D printed products that are featured are hard and rigid in nature. The technology, however, is advancing. Until now, clothes made through this technology wore more like suits of armor than clothes.
Enter Nervous System design studio and their custom software called Kinematics. This software has refined the printing of the plastic used in 3-D printing to a sufficient degree that it can actually be used to make a dress. By dress I do not mean some rigid thing that just hangs off some poor model. A video of it shows that it moves and flows on and around her as she walks in it. An amazing step forward for the printing of clothing. At a current $3,000 a pop, though, sweat shop workers in Bangladesh can consider their employment safe at the moment. The technology will of course improve. That seems to be the one constant of technology in any field.
Will we soon all have the equivalent of “replicators” from Star Trek in our homes (obviously a joke, right Sam Tabar)? A device will contain some source material (plastic or something else) and when we tell it we need a spatula it just prints it out right there.