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Brits are going nuts for coconut oil. Jonathan Newman, founder of Chi, which produces coconut products, launched a coconut oil in August 2013. This year, the company is selling 11,000 units a month at £9.99 a bottle, and will generate £1m in sales from the oil product alone. The growth trajectory is steep because the West is playing catch up with Asian countries, said Mr Newman. “It’s been used as a superfood for generations in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines,” he said. “We’re just late to the party.” When models were reported to be eating spoonfuls of coconut oil to speed up metabolic rate, that also caused a stir, he added. "I put a spoonful in my coffee every morning for the same reason," he claimed.

Louise Ingham, a product manager at heath food chain Holland & Barrett, belives that the nation's improved relationship with saturated fat is behind the sudden boom. "However, there are many different types of saturated fats, and not all are believed to be unhealthy," she continued. Why India Mahdavi Is a Designer to Know Now.

India Mahdavi is the reigning queen of color. “It’s the best way to bring sunshine into a space,” says the Paris-based interior designer. “Sunshine is happiness, and my work is about happiness.” Her daring clients clamor for more. “They aren’t looking for mainstream,” Mahdavi explains. “They tend to be people who are looking ahead.” Indeed, the strong individuality of her rooms is not for the faint of heart. Take, for example, restaurateur Mourad Mazouz’s Gallery at London’s Sketch complex. Mahdavi attributes her love of color to her Irano-Egyptian heritage and cosmopolitan childhood. After seven years with Liaigre, she set out on her own in 1999 and now oversees a studio, showroom, and shop—all within a few doors of one another on the rue Las Cases.

Awarded France’s Officier des Arts et des Lettres last year, Mahdavi is still slightly under the radar Stateside, though her spirited line of furnishings can be found at the New York-based Ralph Pucci International. View Slideshow. Forbes Welcome. Plastic microbeads to be banned by 2017, UK government pledges. Image copyright Thinkstock The UK government has announced plans to ban microbeads used in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017. The small pieces of plastic commonly found in toothpaste, exfoliating body scrubs and other household products and are thought to damage the environment.

Environmentalists fear they are building up in oceans and potentially entering the food chain. A consultation on how a ban would work will start later this year, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced. A number of cosmetic companies have made voluntary commitments to phase out the use of microbeads by 2020. How do you know if a product contains microbeads? Products that contain the tiny bits of plastic won't necessarily say "microbeads" in the list of ingredients. Instead, look for the words polyethylene, polypropylene and polymethylmethacrylate - the chemical names for plastics.

There are several websites listing products that do and do not include plastic such as Beat the Microbead. 'Credit to May' Plastic microbeads to be banned by 2017, UK government pledges. 8 June, World Oceans Day - The oceans are drowning in waste | OceanCare. Over the coming days, there will be increasing focus on the deadly deluge of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The United Nations declared the 8th of June the “World Oceans Day”. And from June 13th to 17th experts at the UN Headquarters in New York will deal with marine debris, plastics and microplastics. Ocean conservation organisation OceanCare, based in Wädenswil and holding Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2011, takes the opportunity of the World Oceans Day and its theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet” to once again point to a threat that we humans have brought about and that we can get under control only in a joint effort.

We have to take on responsibility, make the right decisions and live up to them at all levels – from the individual households to United Nations fora. The titanic levels of ocean littering make it the need of the last minute to fight macroplastic and microplastic contamination of the oceans. Eating for Your Health | Animals Used for Food| The Issues. Filling your plate with meat, dairy products, and eggs could be a recipe for heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even impotence. Leading health experts agree that going vegan is the single best thing we can do for ourselves and our families.

Healthy vegan diets support a lifetime of good health and provide protection against numerous diseases, including some of our country’s biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that vegetarians and vegans enjoy a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, and lower body mass indexes, as well as lower overall cancer rates. The ADA concludes that vegetarian or vegan diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.

Did You Know? Did You Know? Top ten cosmetic industry trends to look out for in 2016. In no order of preference of priority, here is the list of ten trends we think you should put on your radar, which will be explained in greater detail once you have seen the video. Sustainability – packaging, water scarcity and microbeads Biotech – winning consumers Neurocosmetics – combining wellbeing and sensorial DIY beauty formulations – blending at home Organic – ingredient supply issues and more defined products Experiential retail – a destination channel Financial forecast – Look out for Coty and indie brands Pro-aging products – more launches in 2016 Latin American region – slower growth will reshape market Beauty on a micro scale – no more one size fits all Video transcript: Simon: Hello, and welcome to this latest addition of CD Buzz.

From the CosmeticsDesign team, I'm Simon Pitman. Deanna: I'm Deanna Utroske. Simon: So sustainability. The second area would be water. And then the final one would be micro beads. Deanna: In 2016, Biotech will win consumers over. How Pollution Is Affecting Your Skin—And How to Fix It | SELF. How Pollution Harms Your Skin We know the toll it takes on the environment, but lesser known—until now—are its adverse effects on your skin. "Pollution can cause uneven skin tone, accelerated aging and even skin cancer," says Doris Day, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. A landmark study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology compared women living in urban and rural environments over 24 years and found that those exposed to increased pollution had more dark spots and wrinkling.

"The sun isn't the only villain, now that we know how damaging pollution really is," says David Bank, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Microscopic specks of smoke, soot, acid and other pollutants are released into the atmosphere from sources like fires, construction sites, cars and power plants. One: Clean It Off Two: Neutralize It Three: Create a Barrier Photo Credit: Kenji Toma. The rise of the conscious consumer: why businesses need to open up | Women in Leadership. The general election is a matter of weeks away and every vote is to play for.

But what if we could vote every day? In some ways we already do: every time we spend our cash we are making an active choice about the companies we support and the practices we endorse. Today, when corporations can be more influential than entire states, where we put our pounds is where the power lies. The problem is the world of business can be opaque and supply chains are murky, so it is difficult to confidently make an informed choice. Consider this: the retail manufacturing industry is the second most polluting industry on earth, second only to oil. However, the tide is turning. This is a growing tribe: a third of UK consumers claim to be very concerned about issues regarding the origin of products. Greenwashing and a token CSR [corporate social responsibility] marketing campaign are no longer enough. I believe technology is the key to dealing with the challenges created by consumerism. British households fail to recycle a 'staggering' 16m plastic bottles a day | Environment.

British households are failing to recycle as many as 16m plastic bottles every day – a “staggering” number and nearly half the total of more than 35m which are used and discarded daily – according to new research. Based on the data published on Saturday, the Recycle Now campaign group suggests that the number of bottles evading recycling in the UK could reach 29bn by the end of 2020, putting huge pressure on landfill and with dire consequences for marine life.

Every year the average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles, but only recycles 270 of them, meaning nearly half (44%) are not put into recycling facilities, according to Recycle Now, a campaign group funded by the government’s waste advisory group Wrap. On a national basis, that means an average of 35.8m plastic bottles are used every day, but only 19.8m are recycled each day. “The number of plastic bottles not being recycled is staggering and will increase further if we don’t take action,” said Alice Harlock of Recycle Now. UK women still far adrift on salary and promotion as gender pay gap remains a gulf | Money. Women earn 18% less than men on average, according to new research that highlights the challenge facing Theresa May in closing Britain’s stubbornly wide gender pay gap. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also found that the gap balloons after women have children, raising the prospect that mothers are missing out on pay rises and promotions.

That is echoed by a separate report on Tuesday suggesting that male managers are 40% more likely than female managers to be promoted. May highlighted the gulf between men’s and women’s earnings in her first statement as prime minister when she vowed to create a “Britain that works for everyone”. But underscoring the struggle her government will face in closing the gender pay gap, the IFS study hints at an entrenched penalty for those women who have children. More than four decades after the Equal Pay Act, there is some encouraging news in the report. “The gender pay gap is the lowest on record but we know we need to make more progress and faster. Roadmap 2050 by Rem Koolhaas's OMA | Architecture review | Art and design.

I well remember my interview for a place at architecture school. As a kindly tutor leafed through my cobbled-together portfolio, on the wall I noticed a photo of a trapezoidal cabin with a whirly helical thing on top. It was, I was told, a prototype of an energy-efficient house, a concept of which I was then only dimly conscious.

That was more decades ago than I care to think, and it goes to show that green architecture is nothing new. It goes to the heart of the paradox most architects face: they tend to be hopeful, liberal types who want to change things for the better, but construction requires money and power, which are not always in the hands of the nicest people. So nice architects find themselves working for not-nice clients. Similarly with environmental matters: buildings gobble energy and resources in their construction and use, so the most ecological thing might be not to build them at all, but that would put architects out of work.

Dsignedby creates space-saving kitchen unit for millenials. Dezeen promotion: Serbian brand Dsignedby has packed all the appliances needed for cooking into this space-saving wooden kitchen island. The Kitch'T cabinet is designed with young people in mind. It slots beneath the brand's Table T, which is made up of a metal frame and a Corian countertop. It will be on display at the Belgrade Furniture Fair and was awarded both an Iconic award and a Platinum A'Design award earlier this year. Aiming to create a kitchen that was suited to modern-day living, Dsignedby created the space-saving unit to be easily moved and transported. "An all-in-one piece, the Kitch'T is easy to move from apartment to apartment, and is easily adaptable according to your needs," said the brand. The brand also wanted the furniture to become a social hub.

"As young people are often short on space in their homes, we wanted to design something that would provide them with an area that is not only functional, but also where they can gather with their friends," said the brand. Nike's new store in New York City is loaded with tech. "John Pawson said children love minimalist spaces. And he's right" Brutalist or minimalist architecture is better suited to families with children than you might think, says Will Wiles in his latest Opinion column. I write these words through a fog of exhaustion. On the last day of September we welcomed into the world our second child.

The nights since have not been peaceful or restful. But before this zombie-like state of constant fatigue, when my daughter's due date was still ahead of us, I did reflect on how life has changed since the arrival of my son, four years ago. And I came to realise that he had done a good deal to change the way I look at architecture, and the built world in general. Accessibility, for instance. Step-free circulation, lifts, decent toilet facilities – before spawning, I understood the necessity of these things, and the incivility of places that lacked them. "A lot of preconceptions about kids and architecture are actually proved wrong when confronted with real kids" Again, the Tate Modern comes to mind. 10 Reasons Why Minimalism is Growing. The Feminist Makeup Culture: Reconsidering Cosmetics. Imagine this: a sixteen-year-old girl sits down in front of the mirror to put on her makeup for the day. She may be running late to get to school, but she is taking her time to go through her daily routine.

Now, some may applaud her for using the tools at her disposal to hide her imperfections. Others may argue she is hiding behind a mask that is not real. But instead, think about this: She is an artist, the makeup is her medium of choice, her face is her canvas, and she isn’t trying to hide anything in the slightest. When thinking about art, cosmetics do not usually come to mind. The Epidemic Young girls and women are pressured on a daily basis by the mainstream media to look a certain way and measure up to some pretty high standards.

Cosmetic companies marketing to young ladies are saying they can look better, and gain acceptance, if they use these products. Consider this: It is the overuse of Photoshop on beauty ads that misrepresents these expectations. The Revolution The Advocates. 2015 Beauty Takeback: Feminism and the Beauty Industry | Roxie Jane Hunt. Let’s make 2015 the year we take back our beauty. Why? Because only 4 percent of women consider themselves beautiful and it is time for us to raise that number. In our culture, we are told that we are supposed to look a certain way in order to be beautiful. We are told that we are beautiful exactly as we are. We are shamed for caring about how we look, and shamed for not caring enough. This shit is powerful, important, and it deeply messes with our brains. Beauty is officially a feminist issue. The Women’s Liberation Movement did it’s best to call to question the double standards and injustices imposed on women — and the people who perpetrate them.

The time has come for us to take our beauty power back. We need to be informed so that we can make informed choices. If I’m unsure about a product I’ll check its Skin Deep rating provided by the Environmental Working Group. I always check the ingredient list for every makeup, skincare or haircare product I purchase. Let this fact sink in. 4. How 'Free the Nipple' became summer's biggest fashion trend. Women in France strike to protest gender pay gap. How Brexit may affect the British fashion industry. Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of. Stella McCartney: Fashion And Sustainability. The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea. Adidas unveils sports shoes made from recycled ocean waste. Patricia Urquiola designs Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como. Sass pedestals MPBMB Souda Ettore Sottsass tabletop.

Anagrama creates oversized bead maze for Kindo. 2016: The Biggest Ever Year for Vegans? Pelle opens lighting and furniture showroom in Manhattan. Masquespacio designs toadstool-shaped furniture for Missana. Postmodernism is back. Welcome to Dezeen's Pomo Summer.