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Grape leather is having its moment in the world of sustainable fashion

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and soon maybe a few grapes a day could keep vegans at bay? We know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but they could also be beneficial for the fashion industry. For several months now, they have been emerging as key alternatives to animal-based, polluting materials such as leather. This is the case of grapes, the new darling of brands, who are using it to design sneakers and handbags. An innovation. Apples, mushrooms, and spider webs After apples, mushrooms, and even spider webs, it’s time to make way for a new sustainable, ethical, and...

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Sustainable art is making its way into auction houses

Conscious of its environmental impact, the art world is increasingly pondering how artistic creation can be reconciled with eco-responsibility. Christie’s is playing its part in the process by organising the first sustainable art auction, May 28. The initiative is launched in partnership with the nonprofit ChangeNOW Communities. This new kind of auction forms part of the “Art for Change” program of the forthcoming edition of the ChangeNOW summit, running May 27 to 29 in Paris. The sale will feature 16 works by French and international artists, including Caroline Venet, Linda Sanchez, Rachel...

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How Google Maps can help you be more eco-friendly

Google is boosting its efforts to raise awareness of the need to preserve the environment. Having announced the launch of a low-carbon routes feature and automated warnings for drivers planning to travel through low-emissions zones in major European cities, Google Maps is now preparing to list locations where used products can be recycled. Find out where to recycle waste You will soon be able to find out where to recycle or correctly dispose of waste from business profiles on Google Maps. Companies will have the option of adding information about items they recycle on their business profiles,...

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Chopard expands its timeless L’Heure du Diamant collection

Masterfully crafted, the L’Heure du Diamant collection from Chopard unites a symbol of eternity with contemporary design. The newest additions to the elegant collection include a timepiece alongside a pair of earrings and two pendants in ethical white gold and diamonds of the highest grade. Blending ethics with enchanting aesthetics, Chopard has been on a journey to sustainable luxury since 2013 thanks to the initiative launched by co-president and artistic director of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele. The pieces in the L’Heure du Diamant collection reflect Chopard’s ongoing efforts to the creation...

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Green hydrogen: Why companies and countries investing massively in this new energy

The planet is now on a war footing to roll out green hydrogen, which has become a key objective in the drive to achieve sustainable mobility. With massive investment pledged by virtually all of the world’s leading economies, a lot is at stake for this new form of energy, which has yet to overcome significant challenges. Why is everyone talking about this new fuel source? The goal of green hydrogen enjoys almost universal support, and the figures being cited are nothing short of astronomical. In his recovery plan, Joe Biden has earmarked around 500 billion dollars to fund research and innovation...

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Time for a grocery run? Pick up your ingredients at Grand Marketplace by Grand Hyatt Singapore

The last time I went to Grand Hyatt Singapore, it wasn’t for its restaurants, bars, or rooms. I was there to pick up groceries — and it was an impressive, restaurant-quality haul that includes a lamb rack (900g), prime rib beef (1kg), spicy pork chorizo (1kg), prawns (1kg), organic vegetables (1kg), and a bottle of AIX rose. The damage? Just a little over $200. If you cook, the Grand Marketplace may soon be your go-to grocer for premium — better yet, ethically-driven — produce. It’s a brilliant move by chef Lucas Glanville, Grand Hyatt Singapore’s director of culinary operations. Already, the...

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These vegan cookbooks show that going plant-based doesn’t mean eating rabbit food

Veganism is on the rise. Even so, the misconception that meat-free, dairy-free or plant-based dishes taste like rabbit food prevails. Yet a quick look into the world’s greatest culinary traditions would reveal that there’s plenty of vegan dishes that have existed long before the word “vegan” even entered mainstream parlance. Here, we look at some of the best vegan cookbooks offering up mouth-watering recipes that are as good for the body as it is for the soul. East Meets Vegan — Sasha Gill Gill, who is originally from Singapore, became vegan when she moved to the UK to study medicine at Oxford...

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Our definitive guide on where to buy plant-based meat in Singapore

A decade ago, those who were looking to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle would have found it quite the challenge. Yet, with so many meat-free alternatives available these days, going vegan, vegetarian (or flexitarian) has never been easier. These substitutes are crafted to look, feel and even taste like the real deal, so they’re a great way for those trying to dip their toes into the world of plant-based gastronomy. Not sure which ones or where to get some of these products to try? Don’t fret. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular ones — sans the physical grocery shopping. Plant...

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The first Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collection features cactus leather

The Karl Lagerfeld brand has revealed the fruits of its first collaboration with actress, model and activist Amber Valletta, focusing on a series of ethical and eco-responsible accessories. The cactus, one of several vegan and sustainable alternatives to animal leather, is at the heart of this collection to be discovered exclusively on Karl.com and Zalando. The alternatives to animal and synthetic leather are already numerous and increasing, and the fashion industry seems keen to progressively integrate them into future collections. After mushroom fibers, used by Hermès and Stella McCartney,...

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