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ChaYkra is the new label that creates specialised and ethically sourced garments for yoga. The London-based brand uses only 100 per cent sustainable materials from fair trade certified factories, with the debut collection’s style being ‘Brindian’, fusing British elegance with Indian flair to create a unique style reflecting the identity of the brand’s British Indian sister founders. All garments in the ChaYkra collection have been made with natural organic cotton for its comfort, breathability and lightweight nature, tapping into the brand’s core ethos, ‘wear wellness’. ChaYkra, whose debut collection comprises unique and affordable shorts, leggings, harem pants, tanks and...

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A new campaign is helping the nation get on its bike and get active. free2cycle has launched in a bid to increase productivity, and physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging more people to cycle regularly. The revolutionary social enterprise prioritises behaviour change over bike ownership through incentivising individuals to get more active, more regularly, meaning they can obtain a bike funded purely by pedal power. “Inactivity is causing severe and preventable pressure on the NHS and the wider economy, we need to address the cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms,” explained Eric Craig, CEO and founder...

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Promotional feature: Discover Paradise at EDEN Destinations

Fly direct to Malta from £44*. The Maltese Islands, an archipelago of three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – lie in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, just 80km south of Italy. The European Union’s smallest Member State covers an area of just 316km2, yet within its boundaries lies a wealth of cultural heritage. The capital city, Valletta, and its more ancient predecessor, Mdina, are two of Malta’s most popular destinations. Both are endowed with a treasure-trove of architectural and artistic gems, with Valletta even being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and being crowned European Capital of...

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Say no to microbeads

After much publicity and campaigning, 2018 has seen the official ban of microbeads in personal care products in the UK. Manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ to rinse-off products, such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. The ban has come into force after a number of skincare brands, along with organisations such as Greenpeace and the Marine Conservation Society (MSC), fought for their banning. This is because the tiny bits of plastic can cause serious harm to marine life. They’re designed to be...

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Millions of Brits pushing too hard in the gym

A new study has suggested that gym goers are injuring themselves by pushing too hard over peer pressure to be fitter. A poll of 2,000 Brits has found that adults hit the gym to keep up with friends but in doing so, they treat a simple fitness session as a competition; some push harder to be better than fellow health buffs and others test their boundaries in a bid to impress. The study also found just under two thirds will forget to conduct a proper warm up, cool down and stretch routine during workouts, and 60 per cent confessed...

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