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Rens crowdfunded, climate-neutral sneakers

World’s first crowdfunded, climate-neutral sneakers — with caffeine

HELSINKI-BASED eco-startup Rens has launched vegan, waterproof sneakers produced from coffee grounds and recycled plastic. The firm released “every-day” sneakers made from 21 cups of...

Israel ice cream row heats up

ICE CREAM maker Ben & Jerry's is to end sales in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The firm intends to construct a different distribution...
Gap store closing

More holes in the high street: Gap shuts UK and Irish...

FASHION giant Gap is the latest firm to forego bricks and mortar and embrace e-commerce, announcing plans to close its 81 stores in the...
Sessions Market food selection (Photo: Justin DeSouza)

Sessions Market cooks up an incentive to beat chef shortage

SESSIONS Market has launched a chef incentive and recruitment scheme to boost an industry hard-hit by the Covid pandemic. Founder Dan Warne, previously MD at...
Stella Artois Non-Fungible Token

‘Endless tips’ with your tipple as NFTs move to the boozer

NON-FUNGIBLE Tokens, or NFTs, are taking the art world by storm, powered by the blockchain technology that supports Bitcoin. Stella Artois, part of the Budweiser...
Limited-edition Nike Air Max 97s trainers: Satan Shoes

Devil’s own job to settle Nike’s ‘Satan Shoes’ lawsuit

NIKE IS suing a Brooklyn art collective over a limited edition of "Satan Shoes" containing biblical references, esoteric symbols – and a drop of...
Orbital Assembly Corporation - Voyager Class Space Station

Out of this world: Space tourism touchpaper is lit

By HAL WILLIAMS A BV REPORT on space tourism seemed like a glimpse of a more distant future when it was published in Summer, 2018,...
Doctor Marten boots

Suited and booted: Dr Martens laces-up for 2021 IPO

ICON of the boot-making universe, Dr Martens, has confirmed an IPO will be floated on the London Stock Exchange in February. Initial notification of the...
New Zealand All Blacks - pre-match haka challenge

Ka mate, ka mate! All Blacks in investment firm’s sights

By Hal Williams NEWS OUTLETS are forming a scrum around reports that US tech investment firm Silver Lake intends to acquire a 15 percent stake...
Bob Dylan graffiti

Music industry rallying thanks to streaming … and back catalogues

By HAL WILLIAMS THE MUSIC industry might be in the same Covid-shaped slump as (pretty much) all the others — but nine-figure deals are still...