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Amsterdam Supermarket Opens Eco-Friendly Aisle with 700 Items and Zero Plastic Packaging

It claims to be the first of its kind in the world.

The eco-friendly movement is going strong worldwide. It’s not only individuals now that are getting in on sustainable living and environment-friendly practices; countless establishments are adding their own green policies, too.

EkoPlaza in Amsterdam, for one, is setting a good example. The supermarket recently opened its plastic-free aisle. The stretch has about 700 grocery items and absolutely zero plastic, which can help reduce plastic waste in the establishment and in the homes of their shoppers.

Food in the plastic-free aisle are displayed in glass, metal, cardboard containers, and other materials that can be composted.

Some of the packaging may appear like plastic, but they are actually biodegradable biofilm, which are made from trees and plants and will break down within 12 weeks in a home composter.

The plastic-free aisle contains food items like meat, rice, milk, chocolate, sauces, yogurt, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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EkoPlaza says that by the end of the year, its 74 stores across the Netherlands will each have a plastic-free aisle. In June, their store in The Hague will debut its own eco-friendly aisle. EkoPlaza chief executive Erik Does said in a statement:

“Plastic-free aisles are an important steppingstone to a brighter future for food and drink.”

The idea for a plastic-free aisle was inspired by the environmental group A Plastic Planet.

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The group has developed a plastic-free mark that helps shoppers quickly identify products that have no plastic. Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, in a statement:

“There is absolutely no logic in wrapping something as fleeting as food in something as indestructible as plastic. Plastic food and drink packaging remains useful for a matter of days yet remains a destructive presence on the earth for centuries afterwards.”

“For decades shoppers have been sold the lie that we can’t live without plastic in food and drink. A plastic-free aisle dispels all that. Finally we can see a future where the public have a choice about whether to buy plastic or plastic free.”

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Why Everyone Is Talking About Vero, The Newest Social Media App in Town

Is the “new Instagram” worth checking out?

Ever heard about Vero? If you’re a frequent social media user, you probably have. Your friends may have discussed about the latest app in town – which is being described by some as the “new Instagram”.

So what sets Vero apart from its established competitors? We gave the app a closer look so you can decide whether it’s worth checking out or not.

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Transgender Boy Wins Texas Girls’ State Wrestling Championship For The Second Time

He’d always wanted to fight against boys.

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs has once again won the girls' state wrestling championship in Texas despite controversy over his participation in a match against girls. The 18-year-old student of Euless Trinity High School beat Chelsea Sanchez on Saturday in the 110-pound division match.

Beggs, born female, is currently transitioning to male and has been taking testosterone in low doses. Beggs wanted to fight against boys, but according to Texas high school rules, athletes should be pitted against contestants who are of the same gender as stated on their birth certificate.

Beggs' victory was both cheered on and booed based on a video posted online.

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A Nap Café and Wellness Club Just Opened in New York

It’s the dream place for those who love to snooze.

A new kind of club just opened in New York. Cleverly called Nap York, the new establishment is basically a wellness club where busy and overworked New Yorkers can go for a well-deserved snooze. In today's busy-obsessed world, Nap York serves as a much-needed escape.

The four-storey property houses a health-conscious café and lounge, a nap area, a yoga and meditation studio, and a co-working space. The interiors, with its many leafy plants, relaxing soft lighting, and sleek furniture in neutral tones, were designed to provide a serene ambiance perfect for resting and clearing the mind.

The establishment is like a one-stop shop for all your wellness needs.

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