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STRIVING FOR BETTER, NOT PERFECT. A TALK WITH #ETHICALHOUR.

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Humble Beginnings Ethical Hour started life as a weekly Twitter chat with a handful of people taking part each week and has since grown to become a powerful community that connects ethical business owners and bloggers around the world. Founder, Sian Conway started the movement after becoming interested in ethical fashion. Having created a blog and set up a Twitter account, she was looking for like-minded people to connect with. ‘I realised there were loads of ethical businesses and bloggers on Twitter, but there was nowhere for them to go to talk about it. I did my research and couldn’t...

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HAVE YOU HERB? VEGAN FEST VEVOLUTION IS BACK

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Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements in the UK. And it's never been more evident than in the country's capital. From Club Mexicana's loaded vegan nachos and burritos to Temple of Seitan's popcorn chick'n and mac 'n' cheese, there's an abundance of mouth-watering free-from businesses setting up shop all over the city.  And now there's a vegan festival to boot. Founders, Judy Nadel and Damien Clarkson have been involved in educational vegan campaigns since 2015. Inspired by the results they saw, they struck out on their own with nothing more than a loan from parents. Fast forward two...

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE TO DALSTON - PART ONE

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The stretch from Dalston Junction right down to Church Street in Stoke Newington hums with vibrancy. Its magnetic charm stems from its eclecticism, ranging from theatres and cinemas to chippies and charity shops - there's a little something for everyone. We were born out of the area's legendary club Passing Clouds - and it's where we spend a lot of our time too; chilling on the aisles of our favourite shops and cafes and hanging out with pals alike.  Here are a handful of our favourite places. Rio Cinema Dalston's favourite Art Deco cinema was opened over 100 years ago in 1909 but...

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LUSH HAD A BATH BOMB FESTIVAL AND WE WERE INVITED

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What could be better than a giant room packed full of bath bombs that turn water into jelly, walls of bubble bar fidget spinners, bath bomb rollercoasters and adult slides? Absolutely nothing. Sound like a scene from your wildest, soapy dreams? Yes, but it was also LUSH'S Creative Showcase. From product sneak-peeks to live LUSH kitchen demonstrations,  filmed Q&A sessions to installations that celebrate creativity, the Creative Showcase took place across four locations in London. Oh, and we were invited.  Dalston's founder, Duncan took to the panel dedicated to discussing creativity with essential oils at the Barbican Centre alongside LUSH founder, Simon Constantine...

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FAT MACY’S: TACKLING HOMELESSNESS ONE DINNER AT A TIME.

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Since 2010 there has been a 50% rise in homelessness in England. Social enterprise, Fat Macy’s is out to combat this through hosting delicious, intimate supper clubs.   People living in temporary accommodation are faced with many obstacles when it comes to taking those first steps towards independent living. Over two thirds of people living in YMCA hostels say they can’t save money while in supported accommodation. The more they earn, the less they get back in benefits. While paying hostel charges, saving for a housing deposit becomes almost impossible. Enter, Fat Macy’s. Through hosting an ongoing series of supper clubs,...

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