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Victoria Beckham has banned exotic skins from her luxury fashion brand

British fashion icon and designer Victoria Beckham has pledged to ban exotic skins in her luxury fashion brand. The company confirmed a new policy prohibiting alligator, crocodile, ostrich, and snake skins. The brand affirmed its fur-free status in a statement: “Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19. “The Victoria …

The mind-blowing statistics behind the vegan boom as interest in veganism outstrips meat

The days when veganism was dismissed by mainstream culture are well and truly gone, and there’s plenty of evidence that the plant-based surge is set to continue and here to stay. The first month of 2019 saw an explosion in the popularity of veganism, with Twitter predicting ‘vegan’ to be the biggest trend this year …

The brutal realities of leather: one billion animals slaughtered and abused every year

Every year the skin of a billion slaughtered animals is turned into leather for our wallets, jackets, handbags, shoes and furniture. Yet for a product so visible in society, misconceptions about the industry behind it are still incredibly common.  Many people assume leather is sourced only from cows, and therefore simply a by-product of the meat …

Vegan Manchester United footballer Chris Smalling is ‘constantly getting stronger’ since switching diet

Manchester United footballer Chris Smalling has seen dramatic improvements in strength and endurance since adopting a vegan diet. The 29-year-old defender has consistently improved on physical tests carried out by the club, and said he is â€˜constantly getting stronger’. In an interview with Sky Sports, he said: “We did a test of our hamstrings and I’ve …

Sacked vegan battles to have veganism protected by law as a ‘philosophical belief’

A vegan who claims he was sacked for his beliefs has crowdfunded £33,000 for a landmark case which will decide whether veganism is protected by law. A former employee of League Against Cruel Sports, Jordi Casamitjana, argues he was discriminated against by the company for being vegan. He claimed he was fired after he exposed …

Waitrose adds 14 new plant-based products as interest in its vegan range doubles

UK supermarket Waitrose has increased its vegan offer with 14 new products, bringing the total in its new plant-based range to 65. The move is a reaction to skyrocketing demand, as the retailer revealed searches for ‘vegan’ on its website have doubled in the last year, and increased by 67% for the word ‘vegetarian’. Chloe …

Papa John’s review: How veganising a guilty pleasure took away the guilt, and some of the pleasure

After much public pressure, including a petition of 30,000 signatures, Papa John’s finally introduced not one, not two, but three new vegan cheese pizzas to their UK menu on Monday (28 Jan). The vegan options are topped with a mix of Bute Island’s Sheese Cheddar and Mozzarella and are available to collect or be delivered …

Endangered shark meat sold at UK fish and chip shops, DNA tests reveal

Endangered species of sharks are being unknowingly sold by UK fish shops and fishmongers, researchers who used DNA testing have revealed. Researchers from the University of Exeter found the majority of chip shop fish sold under generic names such as huss, rock, flake and rock salmon are actually spiny dogfish, an endangered species of shark. …

Vegan chef feeds customers’ hair with bananas and beetroot

A vegan cafe is using leftover fruit and vegetables including beetroot, bananas and maple syrup to ‘feed’ its customers’ hair. Claire Alker creates mixtures of ingredients to create vegan shampoos, conditioners and dyes for her customers. She treats customers above the cafe at her hairdressers ‘The Hair Chef’ – which uses the slogan ‘Feed Your …