Toilet Paper Makers Struggling to Meet Demand of Consumers

Toilet paper has a become the ultimate symbol of the COVID-19 panic buying; it’s seemingly scooped up as soon as new rolls hit the shelves. Companies that help supply these everyday paper products are stunned and trying to adjust to this rapidly evolving new normal in consumer behavior. They’re faced with tradeoffs. Many were already operating their manufacturing facilities 24/7 …

Public Chopsticks, Spoons Being Promoted in China Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 has kept people from gathering, and the impact on the food industry is obvious. During the outbreak, a family dinner with shared meals in Nanjing, China led to nine people being infected one after another. In this situation, infections caused by dinner parties were common, which also made people reflect on safety at dining tables while reducing gathering. In …

Here’s How to Properly Disinfect Surfaces

The Journal of Hospital Infection said that the human coronaviruses could be “efficiently inactivated” on surfaces within one minute if they’re cleaned with solutions containing 62 percent to 71 percent ethanol alcohol or 0.5 percent hydrogen peroxide. Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, said surface disinfectants could even work within 15 seconds. She added, “To get …

Hong Kong’s Iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant to Close ‘Until Further Notice’

The iconic Jumbo floating restaurant will close its doors on March 3 “until further notice” as COVID-19 continues to slam Hong Kong which has been reeling since social unrest last year. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant was first opened in 1976 by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, and is located in Aberdeen Harbor on the south side of Hong Kong …

Barbie Launches Dolls to Honor Women in Sports

Barbie announced a line-up of dolls to honor female sporting role models ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. It is part of the Barbie Dream Gap Project, a social initiative to raise awareness around factors that prevent girls from reaching their full potential. Lisa McKnight, global head of dolls at the toy brand, said the aim was to …

Adam Levine Apologizes After Maroon 5’s Festival Performance in Chile

Maroon 5 is facing backlash for the band’s performance at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile at the end of February. The American pop rock band was 30 minutes late to their set and fans complained Levine lacked “energy to interact with the audience.” In a post Friday on Instagram Stories, the singer said his fans deserved …

The Danish Trick to “Shock” Your Body Into Happiness

A growing number in Scandinavia choose cold water swimming as a way to invigorate the senses and combat their winter blues, plunging into waters as cold as two degrees Celsius. During winter from November through February, residents of Copenhagen descend upon the harbor front where they move between saunas, hot tubs and into the frigid ocean or ice baths, a …

Do Teens Love TikTok Too Much?

From the perspective of teens, TikTok is a major new outlet for self-expression – a proud home to the silly, the loud and the weird. The emerging social-media powerhouse lets users create and share short videos, many no longer than 15 seconds. That’s where the Gen Z party is and where they all hang out. People have downloaded TikTok 1.7 …

EU: Apps Help Lure Climate-conscious Consumers

Mobile phone apps that point shoppers to discounted groceries. Codes on chicken and cheese that display their origin.  Water dispensers and degradable packaging designed to slash plastic use. These are some of the measures European supermarkets are taking to attract customers increasingly concerned about the environmental cost of farming, food waste and everyday products. Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona is teaming …