Megan Roe

Megan is an editor and content creator with a love for beauty, fitness, reading and cooking.

What is Lab-Grown Meat? Ten years ago, bioengineered meat sounded like the stuff of science fiction. Fast-forward to 2021: the British Prime Minister is discussing it as a viable food source, as are food technologists at COP26. In November, Upside Foods opened the world’s most advanced cell-based meat facility in California. In laboratory agriculture, the original animal cells are taken from a range of sources: biopsies from living animals, eggs, fishing, or recently slaughtered animals who were already a part of the food system. A cell feeds on nutrients that resemble what develops naturally in an animal’s body. These nutrients (vitamins,…

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We often feel our best in the golden summer months. The long, light days put us in a good mood. We’re more active, with sun-kissed skin absorbing essential Vitamin D. As we roll into the cold season, our skin and hair can feel somewhat lacklustre. We can maintain glowing skin and a glossy mane throughout the year if we follow these tips. No Dramatic Changes It is not necessary to redesign your skincare habits if you already have an established routine that works for you. A few simple switches will suffice. Use a gentle cleanser, such as Cetaphil, as your skin…

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Why is everyone talking about gut health? Our ‘second brain’ appears to be taking the spotlight in health and wellness. Gut health refers to the function and balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes make up your gut microbiota, also known as your gut flora or microbiome. Your gut microbiota is larger than the average human brain and needs to be cared for just like any other body part. Studies have linked gut health to obesity, our immune system and even our mood. Why Are We Hearing More About Gut Health Now? In some cultures, the topic…

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We are increasingly confronted with the ethical and environmental impact of our clothes. The average garment worker works 96 hours a week for an extremely low wage. For every minute new clothes are bought in the UK, more CO2 is produced than driving a car around the world six times. In the age of ‘Keep or Return’ videos and £400 Shein hauls on TikTok, the pressure to spend feels stronger than ever before. For those of us who want to cut back on our consumption, it is certainly a struggle. Unlearning long-standing habits and resisting the pressure to own certain items isn’t…

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It often feels as though climate change discourse is a blame game. Too much time is wasted on passing the responsibility from citizen to government to corporation, and back again. Undoubtedly, it is important to locate the source of environmental harm, but too much air is wasted while not enough action is taken. As you may already know, the term ‘carbon footprint’ was coined by British Petroleum. The oil giant paid PR professionals to deflect sentiments that fossil fuel companies were responsible for climate change. The carbon footprint calculator, created in 2004, estimated the contribution of private individuals to global…

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Training regularly, sleeping well and getting enough protein and carbs are key to making progress in the gym. However, have you considered these simple tips to generate even more growth? If you’re weight training, particularly for hypertrophy (increasing muscle mass), these tips will help you to have a more efficient workout! Avoid fasted training You need to fuel your body to build muscle mass. Our body has increased cortisol levels in the morning to wake us up. If we exercise without eating, cortisol levels can increase, and thyroid function may slow down and could contribute to increased fat storage. Weight…

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Last year, the Advertising Standards Authority banned the use of misleading social media filters in cosmetics adverts. The ASA’s concern was that the subtlety of some filters may exaggerate the efficacy of a product, as consumers may not be able to identify the use of digital enhancements. Another ethical concern surrounding filters is the potentially detrimental psychological impact upon users, particularly in young women. Despite this, ‘beautifying’ facial filters remain incredibly popular, and the filters themselves more sophisticated. The real-time edits have become almost undetectable, and so convincing that you would believe that is what the user actually looks…

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What Is Modern Slavery?  Modern slavery refers to the severe exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Many crimes and forms of abuse fall under this umbrella definition, including human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, debt-bondage and organ harvesting. The nation was shocked by the recent revelation that a Carlisle father and son had abused and exploited a vulnerable man for over four decades. The individual was found living in a squalid, rotting shed with no working lighting, heating or bathroom facilities – while the family dog lived in comparable luxury in the shed next door. He was compensated…

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Private interests are costing us the Earth. Corruption represents one of our biggest obstacles in combatting the climate crisis. Ancient forests are illegally felled, oceans are overfished, oil poisons lakes, and critical green legislation is hindered or delayed. Often, corruption plays a role in all these ecological challenges. For the purposes of this article, we will use Transparency International’s definition of corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This abuse can involve public officials taking a bribe or favour in exchange for a service, exploiting the public purse or giving public jobs or employment to their friends,…

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It’s a new year. Everyone is either talking about their new goals or about the pressure to achieve said goals. What’s worse, two years of pandemic have wreaked havoc with our old habits and impacted the ways we can make new ones. There is a booming range of literature on self-improvement. There’s even a strange amount of pressure to foster personal development on Instagram and TikTok, the very same apps that are designed to keep you unproductively scrolling for hours. It is a fine art trying to incorporate new, healthy habits into our lives without overburdening ourselves with an…

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