Getting back to normal
In a YouGov survey of 1,011 residents conducted in January, 76 percent said they believe the vaccine will bring life back to normal in a year. And four out of five surveyed opted for the Sinopharm vaccine. The survey was commissioned by G42 Healthcare. Some 52 percent of those surveyed cited safety and efficacy as their key motivators in getting vaccinated. People also cited protecting friends and family against new variants and the free availability of the vaccine as their top motivators.
Region gets vegan certification system
The internationally accredited vegan certification program BeVeg has partnered with ABC Certification in Egypt, Africa and across the Gulf countries to make sure vegan claims are made accountable, with well-defined controls in place for quality assurance. BeVeg is a leading vegan certification company offering the first and only accredited vegan certification standard in the world.
UAE shoppers making healthier choices
The Irish government agency Bord Bia has released a poll conducted in the UAE ahead of Gulfood 2021 that indicates 4 in 10 adults are buying better quality foods as a result of the pandemic. Half of the adults surveyed are choosing food that helps boost immunity while 46 percent are taking supplements more often. One in three adults reported they are cooking from scratch and learning to cook from recipes more often. One third of respondents said they were eating less sugar, while almost half were eating fruit and vegetables more often.
Abu Dhabi’s electric buses
The first electric buses have been launched in Abu Dhabi, part of the leadership’s vision of Sustainable Economic Development by 2030. The Lithium Titanate Oxide buses, which can be charged in under 20 minutes compared to several hours for other lithium-ion versions, will also be rolled out across the Middle East. Replacing just one diesel bus with an electric bus is equivalent to reducing a year’s worth of harmful emissions from 27 passenger cars, according to the announcement from Emirates Global Motor Electric, Al Fahim Group and Yinlong Energy, and 12,175 gallons of diesel over a decade.
Sanderson’s hits Dubai
The made-in-Abu Dhabi sustainable and mood-food focused cafe Sanderson’s has expanded to Dubai. More than two years after opening in the capital, Sanderson’s lands in Dubai’s Sustainable City. In addition to offering a range of nourishing dishes including a tropical smoothie bowl and pan-roasted seabass, with zaatar crushed baby potatoes, pickled beetroot, yoghurt dill sauce and pine nuts, the eatery will also have some extras on offer for the surrounding community, including a special menu for early riser cyclists heading to Al Qudra and cooking classes for kids.
New beauty box
Dubai lifestyle, beauty and wellness-focused PR and marketing firm TishTash are launching the first #BeauTT box in March, to mark International Woman’s Day. With a retail value of Dh1,200, the box is on sale for Dh350 via Glamazle and includes 10 full-size, tried-and-tested beauty products. The very first box will offer KJ Serums Rosehip Oil, Eyecha, the world’s first set of recycled lashes, Yes Studio Tweezers and Skin Republic Sheet masks.
Eco Beauty Binge
Beauty Binge is a UAE-based online platform that curates cruelty-free, organic and vegan beauty and self-care products for men, women and children. Some 90 percent of the brands they carry, which include Salty Girl Beauty and Akamuty, can only be purchased in the UAE through Beauty Binge. The company’s mission, born of the founder’s own health issues, is to foster responsible consumerism and help customers take steps towards a healthier, cleaner and more eco-friendly lifestyle by offering accessible, simple and sustainable swaps to items people use every day.
New French oils
Check out Puressential, the newly launched French heritage brand of essential oils, which are now being stocked in Life Pharmacy, Boots Pharmacy and Bin Sina Pharmacy. Everything about this range is eco-responsible, including cultivation, harvesting, packaging and transportation. Depending on the ingredients they contain, the oils have a variety of uses, including relaxation, purifying the air, better sleep, muscle and joint relief and even for home-made cleaning products.
Bose Sleepbuds II
These wireless earbuds, launched in the UAE in early February, block, cover and replace the sound of snoring partners, noisy neighbours, barking dogs and relentless traffic to give you a better night’s sleep. The Sleepbuds II sell for Dh1,049 and offer a new acoustic and electronics design and a better more secure fit.
Coethical cleaning products
Coethical is a new platform helping to solve the plastic problem by selling a curated range of home-delivered personal care brands and cleaning products that are safe, green, affordable and low waste. The platform is launching with its first brand, The Unscented Company, which offers vegan products in minimal packaging, complete with refill boxes.
Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is a journalist with 20 years of experience working in North America and the UAE, much of it as a writer, editor and columnist focusing on the areas of physical and mental wellness...