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PLANNED EU RULING MAY REGULATE TATTOO INKS FOR THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID HEALTH RISKS

While today 12 out of every 100 Europeans are tattooed or have some sort of permanent cosmetic treatment, experts are increasingly concerned that these skin colouring agents may contain hazardous substances, known or suspected to have adverse health effects causing cancer, allergies or mutations.…

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FINNISH FAST FOOD CHAIN HESBURGER TAKES ON THE CHALLENGES OF EAST EUROPEAN MARKETS

Turku-based Hesburger is now building sales in Belarus, having announced it would move into this country in 2017. This follows launches in Ukraine in 2015, and Bulgaria in 2016. Having branched abroad into Estonia first in 1996, now has 207 overseas outlets in eight countries (also including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, as well as Germany, close to 271 it has in Finland.…

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SUCCESSFUL SPIRITS ENTREPRENEURS BUILD NEW HIGH-END RUM FACTORY ON GRENADA

The USD25 million Renegade Rum facility – due to open on July 1 – aims to eventually produce one million litres of exclusive, terroir-derived rum every year.

Using local sugarcane juice, rather than molasses, Renegade owners Mark Reynier, John Adams and Sir John Mactaggart plan to create premium rum at the distillery, near Upper Conference, St Andrew’s Parish, 11 miles north-east of Grenada’s capital, St George’s.…

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TRADITIONAL TRIBAL FABRIC-MAKING DRIVES INDONESIAN RUNWAY FASHION SALES

DRAWING inspiration from the sustainable fabric-making methods of Indonesia’s Baduy tribal community, who live in a remote region of Java, a high-profile Indonesian textile designer has commercialised is these textiles to create runway fashion for a global audience.

Woven fabric designs developed by Merdi Sihombing, called Suat Songket and Samping Aros, are “unique traditional weaving patterns that are used by the Baduy community,” Mr Sihombing told WTiN.com,…

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MASTERCARD PROGRAMME FINANCES INDIGENOUS HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING SYSTEM MEETING LOCAL PRIORITIES

AN INNOVATIVE support programme funded by the Mastercard Foundation is seeking to boost participation of indigenous Canadian youth in higher education, which has historically been low compared to the general population.

The foundation, which funds education and financial services for underprivileged communities worldwide, is hoping that systems established in Vancouver Island University, on Canada’s Pacific coast, and Yukon College, in the far north-west, will help guide the development of follow-up projects.…

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WOOL INDUSTRY NEEDS TO GIRD ITS SUSTAINABILITY REPUTATION – IWTO MEETING TOLD

THE WOOL industry worldwide needs to bolster its reputation for sustainability, amidst increasing siren attacks on its marketing position from animal rights and environmental activists, the 2018 International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) Wool Round Table, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, heard this month (December 3-4).…

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GROWTH IN ECO-PAINTS BRIGHTEN SLUGGISH PERFORMANCE BY GERMAN PAINT SECTOR IN 2018

GERMANY’S paint and coatings sector seems set in stasis, with 2018 expected to be another year with a slight market downturn. That said, increased interest in sustainability continues to drive the demand for more ecologically friendly products.

Given the sluggishness of overall sales, the German industry has viewed with relief results from 2018’s third quarter, where the national coatings and printing ink sector saw a rise in exports.…

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TAIWAN REFERENDUM HALTS NUCLEAR PHASE OUT PLANS AS PUBLIC HOSTILITY BLUNTED BY BURGEONING AIR POLLUTION

TAIWAN’S nuclear power sector is looking to the future with increased optimism, since a referendum rejected plans from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to phase out nuclear power on the archipelago by 2025. The DPP has since the 1980s campaigned for a nuclear-free Taiwan and press ahead with this policy after its election win in 2016.…

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MAJOR REPORT RELEASES BLUEPRINT FOR PROMOTING EUROPEAN CARPET SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY

A DETAILED consultants’ report released yesterday (Dec 4) has included two policy blueprints for shifting Europe’s major carpet manufacturing industry towards a more sustainable future, increasing recycling and reuse of products. The paper by UK-based Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd outlines policy options for European Union (EU) member states to move the carpet industry towards being part of a circular economy that is a key priority of the current European Commission.…

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TRADE WAR OR NOT, CHINA SEEKING ALTERNATIVES TO US SOYBEANS

The US and China at the G20 meeting in early December settled for a 90-day suspension of their bilateral trade war including a halt to any additional tariffs, but sourcing patterns are not going to become business-as-usual any time soon for China’s soybean sector.…

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