Could Vegan Fast Food help Save our Planet?

A new school of thought suggests that vegan fast food can help save our planet. Over the past four or five decades, the meals available for vegetarians and vegans have increased in variety and numbers. Even fast food chains are creating vegan alternatives to beef burgers. Now environmental campaigners are suggesting that the trend towards plant-based foods, rather than meat, is better for the planet. Pressure groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have long campaigned f...
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What’s Happening to Supermarket Plastic?

Plastic pollution is accumulating in the environment, causing huge problems for our planet and wildlife. By the beginning of the 21st century, plastic waste had spread everywhere, from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the ocean, as people didn't seem fussy where they dumped their rubbish. One of the biggest offenders is single-use plastic, such as fast food wrappers, plastic cups, straws and packaging from foods bought in the supermarket. Sandwich wrappers, salad boxes, other food co...
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Battle of the Sizes!

The problem of how clothing sizes differ from shop to shop has been the scourge of consumers for decades. While a female shopper might be a perfect UK size 10 in one fashion retail store, she might struggle to fit into a 12 in the next. This leads to extreme frustration; with people unsure what size they really are. The annoyance of taking a beautiful outfit, seemingly in your size, into the changing room, only to find the zip won't fasten, is something most women will have experienced. ...
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Not Enough Fish in the Sea!

The famous saying, "There are plenty more fish in the sea," has become an analogy for telling someone they'll meet the right person one day after a relationship goes wrong, but the literal meaning of the saying may soon no longer be true, as our marine population continues to decline. We may well be saying there are "not enough fish in the sea" one day, if we're not careful, as factors such as over-fishing and pollution are depleting the planet's marine life at an alarming rate. The declin...
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Cigarettes: The Tax Man

Health experts estimate smoking will kill around one billion people in the 21st century - leading for calls to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes by 50%. Making them less affordable could potentially save millions of people from suffering an early death from lung disease, cancer and heart disease, say researchers. According to Canadian research carried out by the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, implementing a price hike, so a pack of 20 cigarettes would ...
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Are We Stuck in a Dental Crisis?

More than one million people are unable to find an NHS dentist in England, leading to a growing tooth decay crisis, according to new statistics released by the British Dental Association. Patients are being left to suffer toothache, without access to the dental care that they need - and the BDA warns it's only going to get worse. Three out of five dentists in England have said they will reduce their NHS work, or stop altogether, over the next five years, worsening the problem. Release earl...
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Do you Support your Local Independent Shops?

In an age of supermarkets and online shopping, how many of us have considered the importance of supporting our local independent shops? Whether it's the local grocer, butcher, fishmonger or bakery, would you shop there if there was a good enough reason to do so? It's generally accepted that supermarkets have taken over from local small retailers, due to the convenience of having everything under one roof, longer opening hours and lower prices on average. Budget supermarkets, such as Ald...
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Energy Bills: So much for the Price Cap!

Householders who have been notified by their utility company about a price hike may be wondering why their bills are increasing - while the cost of energy is actually falling. The reason for this is the recent announcement by energy watchdog Ofgem regarding an increase in its price cap. Around 11 million UK households who are on standard variable energy tariffs will have received a letter advising of the latest changes. The increase came into effect at the beginning of April, after 23 ener...
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How to Challenge your Council Tax Bill

Do you think you're being overcharged for your Council Tax bill - and if so, would you know what to do about it? Council Tax in England increased by an average of 4.7% at the start of the new financial year on 1st April. Now's the time to check whether you're one of the estimated 400,000 households in England and Scotland that are paying over the odds. It takes only a relatively short time to check and challenge your Council Tax banding online - and it's free of charge to do so. If your...
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