Sustainability is such a huge buzzword right now, with the current generation desperate to do ‘their bit’ for the environment. But aside from opting for bamboo toothbrushes and swearing off face wipes, it’s often hard to work out what we can actually do on an individual level.
Well, British sustainable jewellery brand BOTTLETOP has just launched a campaign for that very purpose, and it’s inspired.
Introducing #TOGETHERBAND, a campaign setting out to engage the world with the 17 Global Goals, raise the public awareness around them and inspire action to achieve them.
How? Through the spreading of sustainable friendship bracelets of course.
The Global Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030, devised by the United Nations in 2015. But to achieve these 17 global goals, we need awareness around them, something that has proven difficult.
BOTTLETOP’s answer? The #TOGETHERBAND campaign, launching 17 friendship bracelets representative of each goal.
Setting out to humanise the Goals, the brand is inviting everyone around the world to choose the Goal that matters most to them and share it with someone important to them.
Yes, with every friendship bracelet purchase, you receive a second band to give someone close to you, helping spread the Goals’ critical message.
But there’s more to it than that. The 17 sustainably and ethically produced friendship bands in the colours of the Goals are made from up-cycled ocean plastic from Costa Rica and re-cycled steel from seized illegal firearm metal from El Salvador, with the bands’ production generating livelihoods for women working as artisans in Nepal.
With every purchase, 1 kilo of ocean plastic will be removed from the ocean and 100% of profits from each #TOGETHERBAND sold will be used to fund life-changing projects working to advance the Goals.
The Mini #TOGETHERBAND is £20, the Regular #TOGETHERBAND is £35.
‘At BOTTLETOP we have always believed in the power of sustainable design and creative culture to engage people powerfully in development issues,’ BOTTLETOP’s C0-Founder Cameron Saul explained. ‘Through #TOGETHERBAND we are thrilled to combine artisanal craftsmanship with the immediacy and reach of social media to facilitate a cross cultural conversation around the Global Goals as we engage everyone who wants to come together for a healthy future.’
What are the Global Goals?
No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions and Partnerships For The Goals.
‘From tackling climate action and empowering girls to protecting the ocean and standing up for equal rights, UN agencies are working hard to build a better future for us all through the Global Goals,’ explained Kathy Calvin, President of the UN Foundation. ‘But they can’t do it alone. Thanks #TOGETHERBAND for connecting people everywhere to the Goals and encouraging us all to take action in our own communities!’
BOTTLETOP’s aim is to engage over a billion people with the UN Global Goals in partnership with the UN Foundation, WWF-UK, Project Everyone, Eco Age, to.org, MECA, Global Citizen and the Founding Partner UBS.
Did you know that two out of three women in the UK wouldn’t consult their GP if they were suffering with persistent bloating? Or that 1.28 million women didn’t go for their routine smear test when invited?
In May, gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal launches their ‘Get Lippy’ campaign, encouraging women everywhere to get loud about their gynaecological health. They’ve partnered up with a number of brands, including Elemis, Vaseline and EOS, all of whom will be donating 10% of the RRP of a nominated product towards vital research.
Opening up the conversation and raising awareness will ultimately help save lives through early diagnosis. So in the name of getting lippy, we decided to catch up with The Eve Appeal and their ‘Ask Eve’ expert, Karen Hobbs, to get a no-nonsense guide on what you need to know about spotting the signs of cancer early.
Consider this your gynae cancer cheat sheet for what to get checked and when, in order to keep your risk level at a minimum. It’s worth noting that many of the symptoms listed below are not exclusive to gynaecological cancers, but it’s vital that you get them checked over by a doctor to rule it out.
Over to Karen and The Eve Appeal for the rest…
Cases diagnosed each year: Over 3,000
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Cervical cancer symptoms
‘In most cases, vaginal bleeding is the first of the cervical cancer symptoms to be noticeable. It often occurs after having sex.
‘Bleeding at any other time, other than your expected monthly period, is also considered unusual. This also includes bleeding after the menopause.
‘Other signs of cervical cancer include pain and discomfort during sex and an unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge.
‘However, the vast majority of women with the cervical cancer symptoms listed above do not have cervical cancer, and are far more likely to be experiencing other conditions, such as infections.’
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Risk factors of cervical cancer
Smoking – smoking doubles the risk of developing cervical cancer, as chemicals in tobacco damage the cells of the cervix.
HPV – There are 150 different strands of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Passed on through skin-to-skin sexual contact, most people will contract it at some point in their lives and it usually goes away on its own. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by high-risk strains of the HPV virus; the vaccine protects against strains 16 and 18, which together cause around 70% of all cases of cervical cancer.
Cell changes or ‘CIN’ – Cervical cancer often takes years to develop, the cells of the cervix showing changes beforehand. Known as Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN), these abnormalities are caused by HPV. Although CIN is not cancer, it is a pre-cancerous condition with the potential to become cancer if these cell changes aren’t checked and treated. This is why it’s so important to attend your cervical screenings (smear tests), as these look for the presence of any abnormal cervical cells.
‘If ovarian cancer symptoms are identified and the cancer diagnosed at an early stage, the outcome is more optimistic. However, because some of the symptoms are often the same as for other, less serious conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or PMS, it can be difficult to recognise the symptoms in the early stages – which is why most women are not diagnosed until the disease has spread.
‘That said, there are four main symptoms that are more prevalent in women diagnosed with the condition. These are:
Increased abdominal size and persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
Unexplained change in bowel habits
Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly, or feeling nauseous
‘Other possible symptoms that may be present, but are more likely the result of other conditions in the pelvic area:
Needing to pass urine more frequently than usual
Pain during sex.’
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Risk factors of ovarian cancer
Age – The risk of developing ovarian cancer increases with age; over 80% of all cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50.
Family history – About 20% of ovarian cancers are thought to be caused by the inherited gene mutations BRCA1 or BRCA2. If there is a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancers, especially in those under 60, you should discuss genetic testing with your GP.
Ovulation – Every time an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation), the surface of the ovary breaks to let the egg out. This damages the ovary’s surface and it needs to repair itself. The risk of cell damage increases with each ovulation; this could be why women who take the contraceptive pill, have multiple pregnancies and breastfeed have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer, as eggs are not released at these times.
Cases diagnosed each year: Over 1,300
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Vulval cancer symptoms
Signs of vulval cancer include the following:
A lasting itch
Pain or soreness
Thickened, raised, red, white or dark patches on the skin of the vulva
An open sore or growth visible on the skin
A mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour
A lump or swelling in the vulva
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Risk factors of vulval cancer
Cell changes or ‘VIN’ – Vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a precancerous condition, meaning cells in the vulva have started to change and could develop into cancer if untreated. The main signs of VIN are a persistent vulval itch and raised/discoloured patches of skin.
HPV – Sometimes, certain strands of HPV can cause cells in the vulva to become abnormal and potentially cancerous. HPV is found in at least 40% of women with vulval cancer.
Smoking – this weakens our immune system, meaning women who smoke are less likely to successfully get rid of the HPV virus.
Skin conditions – Several skin conditions can affect the vulva, but Lichen Sclerosus and Lichen Planus are the two main conditions that may increase risk of vulval cancer. About 5% of women who have one of these conditions will develop vulval cancer in future.
Womb cancer (also uterine and endometrial cancer)
Cases diagnosed each year: 9,300
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Womb cancer symptoms
‘The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially for women who have been through the menopause. Around 90% of endometrial cancer diagnoses are reported due to post-menopausal or irregular vaginal bleeding – though please note that most people with abnormal bleeding will not have a gynaecological cancer.
The irregular bleeding might be:
Vaginal bleeding after the menopause
Bleeding that is unusually heavy
Vaginal discharge from blood-stained to light or dark brown
Risk factors of womb cancer
Age – A woman’s risk of womb cancer increases as she gets older. Most womb cancers occur in women who are post-menopausal, and around 1% are women under 40.
Family history – 3-5% of womb cancers are linked to an inherited genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome. This increases a person’s risk of several cancers, bowel and womb types being the two most prominent. If you have a family history of either or both of these cancers, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP about genetic testing.
Excess oestrogen – the female hormone oestrogen causes the cells of the womb lining to divide; therefore an excess increases the risk of womb cancer as it encourages potentially unwanted cell changes.
Being overweight – Being overweight or obese increases a woman’s risk of womb cancer. Oestrogen is stored in our fat cells, so overweight women generally produce a higher level of oestrogen. Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease your risk of womb cancer.
Cases diagnosed each year: Around 250
Credit: DeVries/Eve Appeal
Vaginal cancer symptoms
Signs of vaginal cancer include the following:
Unexpected bleeding, e.g. between periods, after menopause or after sex
Vaginal discharge that smells or is blood-stained
Vaginal pain during sex
A vaginal lump or growth that you, or your doctor, can feel
Persistent pelvic and vaginal pain
Credit: Eve Appeal
Risk factors of vaginal cancer
Age – About 40% of all vaginal cancers occur in women aged 75 and over.
HPV – Over 70% of vaginal cancers are linked to the HPV virus, explained above.
Smoking – Our immune system can often get rid of HPV, but smoking weakens the immune system, meaning if you smoke there is a greater risk of developing vaginal cancer.
Cell changes or ‘VAIN’ – Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN) means that cells in the lining of the vagina have changed, and could become cancerous if left untreated.
Note that the purpose of this feature is to inform, not replace one-to-one medical consultations. For advice tailored specifically to you, always discuss your health with your doctor.
In the past few weeks Prince Charles, Serena Williams, and make-up artist Daniel Martin have hinted to Meghan’s due date and the sex of her baby, but the ultimate clue Meghan and Harry will become parents imminently comes with the arrival of Doria.
On Easter Sunday Doria – who is yoga instructor and social worker – made the journey from Los Angeles to London, Entertainment Tonight has reported, in time to meet her first grandchild.
Meghan has a very close relationship with her mum. Doria was the only member of her side of the family to attend the royal wedding last year, as her father Thomas Markle was absent from her special day, which meant Prince Charles stood in to walk the 37 year old down the aisle.
Despite claims Doria was going to move into the parents-to-be’s home at Frogmore Cottage, an insider has told PEOPLE she will not be a live-in grandmother for her daughter and son-in-law, instead the pair are planning on hiring a ‘manny‘ (male nanny) to help out.
The Sunday Times has reported the couple may be moving to Africa to pursue their charity work, as Meghan works closely with the charity World Vision, and to promote Britain as part of their royal duties.
The publication has claimed the Duke of Sussex’s advisers are drawing up a ‘bespoke’ role for the pair, which will combine their roles as Commonwealth, and British, representatives, with humanitarian work.
The Sunday Times reported Sir David Manning – the former British ambassador to America – is planning the new roles for the parents-to-be, which will see a ‘more international position that could build on their work for the Commonwealth’.
However, a statement released by Buckingham Palace has denied these reports and insisted the potential move is ‘speculative’ at present.
The announcement read: ‘Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles.’
But a separate source has insisted a move is certainly on the cards for the former Suits actress and her partner for 2020, because Harry is President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, while Meghan is Vice President.
An insider told PEOPLE: ‘This is a 1000-year-old monarchy overseeing a Commonwealth of 54 territories. Lots of people depend on its existence and continued success. Eventually Harry and Meghan will be dispatched somewhere.’
While The Sunday Times has claimed the duo’s move to Africa will see them out there for two to three years, ITV has reported it will only be for a few months.
Either way, we imagine the move will be welcomed by Meghan and Harry who hold a soft spot for Africa, in particular Botswana, where they spent some time in the early stages of their romance.
Harry is currently the President of African Parks, as well as the patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana, while Meghan has been the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada.
Prince William’s younger brother has previously admitted Botswana is where he feels most comfortable.
Speaking previously to Town and Country magazine, he said: ‘This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.’
We don’t think our hearts can handle the distance – just saying!
‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,’ the royal couple announced last year via the Kensington Royal Instagram page. ‘Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.’
One of the most talked-about parts of the future royal’s arrival however is how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing for their child in terms of accessories and decor, with the royal couple recently relocating to their new and freshly renovated Frogmore Cottage home.
Yes, it turns out the Meghan Markle effect surpasses the Duchess’ wardrobe and also seems to cover baby brands, from interiors to technology.
But what baby brands are fit for a royal? From Rachel Riley and Il Gufo to Joolz and TeddyOne, we’ve taken a look and compiled some of our favourites.
When welcoming a baby, there are so many things to worry about, and finding the right baby brands and products shouldn’t be another thing to add to your list.
So we’ve done the hard part for you. From prams and artisan baby baskets to teddies and night lights, here are some on-trend baby brands and their products to browse.
So get involved with the royal baby fever, sit back and scroll…
And it was BEFORE she became part of the royal family
Words by Maisie Bovingdon
If you thought you couldn’t love pregnant Meghan Markle any more, along came this video proving she is everything we want to be, and more.
We knew the Duchess of Sussex carried out humanitarian work prior to getting her royal title when she married Prince Harry last year, but a video of her in action has since gone viral.
ITV has released a video of the former Suits actress on a trip to Delhi and Mumbai in 2017 with the charity World Vision, to campaign for gender equality.
In the never before seen footage Meghan painted a sign with young girls in the area, before she planted and watered a flower.
The 37-year-old royal – who is set to give birth to her and Prince Harry’s baby any day now – changed from her khaki jacket into a lime green and blue sari as she took part in a discussion with a group of women.
The clip also sees Meghan clap along as a group of girls perfected a dance performance, before she ends the video saying ‘girl power’.
In one segment Meghan talks directly to the camera to speak out about the positive impact sanitation had on their female students’ attendance.
She said: ‘What we found is that the enrolment at this school went at three times as much once the latrines were build so that girls had access to clean hygiene and bathroom facilities while they’re at school.’
The video has attracted a LOT of attention, and has received over 30,000 views within days of being posted to Twitter.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were undoubtedly the talk of award season, with the two not only raking in the nominations and wins for their acclaimed film, A Star Is Born, but also achieving all the co-star goals, making their admiration for each other known.
From Bradley voicing his fears at singing live with such a talent as Gaga to the 32-year-old singer being turned into a meme for her ‘100 people in a room’ compliment about her co-star, these two clearly had a lot of time for each other.
And while fans started to ‘ship’ the co-stars, dubbing them the next ‘Brangelina’, the two insisted that they were simply the closest of friends.
It’s hardly surprising therefore that people were sad at a revelation this week, as it was was reported that Bradley Cooper ‘hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga’ since award season.
According to People, the actor and director has devoted his time to his girlfriend Irina Shayk and their daughter, Lea De Seine, since award season, and as a result Bradley and Gaga are rumoured to have lost touch.
‘Since the awards season ended, Bradley spends every day with his family,’ a source told People. ‘Most days, Bradley and Irina take Lea out for activities together. Sometimes they just stroll on the beach. Bradley and Irina seem great.’
The source continued: ‘It seems Bradley hasn’t spent any time with Lady Gaga. He has been all about his family.’
But now claims have reemerged that the Fab Four aren’t so chummy.
As a tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her official birthday on April 21, Kensington Palace shared a sweet picture of the couple with the 93-year-old monarch on their Instagram account, which Harry and Meghan have recently split from and created their own site Sussex Royal (that Meghan is said to be secretly running).
The post read: ‘Wishing a very happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen!’
But it was the photo of choice that sparked uproar amongst fans.
The image saw Kate, holding Princess Charlotte, stood beside husband William and their son Prince George, as well as Harry, Prince Philip and the Queen at Trooping the Colour, but the former Suits actress was nowhere to be seen.
This didn’t go unnoticed, as eagle eyed fans wrote: ‘I just noticed Meghan isn’t here’, while another commented: ‘Why deliberately leave Meghan out?’
However, the image was from the 2016 ceremony, which Meghan did not attend.
Plus, Meghan is not the only one absent from the shot, as Prince Louis isn’t there – as he was only born last year, as well as Duchess Camilla. While Prince Charles has been cropped out of the Instagram post, he can be seen on their Twitter upload.
Fans of the Cambridges jumped to their defence, writing: ‘People complaining that MM is not on the picture, Prince Louis is not on the picture either!! It’s an old picture, why the drama?! #LoveMore #complainless’.
Brace yourselves, Lime Crime fans – the brand has just opened its biggest counter in the world and, better still, it’s right here in the UK. Winner!
With a huge range of bright colours and experimental shades and textures, the brand is known for their playful vegan beauty friendly products and long-lasting formulas, allowing beauty lovers to fully express themselves through make-up.
Taking over the third floor of Selfridges London, you’ll be able to swatch and shop all of your favourite Lime Crime products IRL, from Bushy Brow Gel to Velvetine Lipsticks and Venus eyeshadow palettes.
You’ll be able to bag yourself a great beauty deal, as for every two or more products you purchase on counter, you’ll receive a mini Velvetine liquid lip, and a full size Wet Cherry Lip Gloss with every three or more.*
But the fun doesn’t stop there, folks, as you can also choose from five gorgeous beauty looks for your very own Lime Crime make-over. If you book in during the counter’s launch week between the 23rd-30th April and post a pic of your look to Instagram with the hashtag #LCXMe, you’ll be entered for a chance to win all of the products used in your makeover. Dreamy.
Keep scrolling for a preview of all five looks below…
What are you waiting for? Head down to the third floor at London’s Selfridges to give the looks a try for yourself.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will always go down as one of the most popular A-list couples of the noughties, with High School Musical fans still hoping for a Troy and Gabriella reunion.
Since their split in 2010 however, both Vanessa and Zac have remained relatively tight-lipped about the relationship, something that changed this week as the HSM actress got candid about her former love during a recent appearance on the Awards Chatter podcast.
‘It started off really organically,’ Vanessa explained. ‘I could not have been more grateful to have that relationship at the time.’
High school musical
Speaking about the rollercoaster that was High School Musical, she continued: ‘It was this massive phenomenon and [all] eyes were on me. And it’s just a really weird foreign thing to go through. And by being in a relationship, it kind of kept me stabilized and grounded, and I had someone to lean on who was going through it as well.’
‘I pride myself on being a professional,’ Vanessa concluded. ‘So I was like that aside we are going to move forward and do what we need to do. And we sorted it all out. I think because I was so young, I think that relationship stabilized me.’
We love Zac and Vanessa but we guess they ‘had to go their own way’.