Instagram vanity drives record Brazilian butt lifts as millennials fuel plastic surgery boom

The Brazilian butt lift was the hottest growing segment, surging 19 percent with more than 24,000 procedures last year, plastic surgeons say.
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Tameka Foster Talks Almost Dying During Plastic Surgery: “I Was Married, Publicly Shamed And Didn’t Ever Feel Like I Was Enough”

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Ten years ago, Tameka Foster, then known as Tameka Raymond and married to Usher, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, almost died while trying to get plastic surgery.

Looking back on that experience this week, Foster expressed her gratitude for life, but also addressed the public criticism that she says pushed her to get the surgery in the first place.

“Feeling grateful today,” she wrote on Wednesday. “10 years ago today I suffered a cardiac arrest in Brazil. #Flatlined #IDied. I was married, publicly shamed and didn’t ever feel like I was enough, pretty enough, exotic enough, slim enough, light enough, worthy enough. Funny part… Today I’m 20 pounds heavier, feel much prettier, single AF, happier, and so amazingly worthy.”

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As the story goes, two months after welcoming their second child together, Naviyd Ely Raymond, Foster decided to fly to Brazil to get liposuction done on her stomach. She knew that being the wife of a public figure, she wouldn’t be able to escape unwanted commentary about her body after baby. She hadn’t been able to escape it before she had Naviyd and Usher Raymond V, as people openly questioned the fact that Usher had chosen to be with her and marry her in 2007. The singer felt the need to publicly defend her honor in 2008 on MTV’s TRL, saying, “I hear y’all talking crazy out there, she’s a beautiful black woman. Stop. Stop talking. And I love her. Stop it.”

But that wouldn’t be enough.

Before Foster could even undergo the procedure, she went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia. Ellen Dasptry, a rep for the surgeon who was supposed to have performed the surgery in Brazil, said Foster was revived and placed into a medically-induced coma immediately.

“When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep… and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage,” Dasptry told PEOPLE in 2009. “This is the protocol every time and this is what was done.”

Foster survived the very scary situation, and was in much better condition a week later. However, her marriage fell apart soon after. Just months after her health ordeal, Usher filed for divorce.

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Samsung ditches plastic packaging for ‘sustainable materials’


Your next Samsung phone could come in recycled and bio-based paper and plastic wrapping.

The company’s electronics division announced its new sustainability policy Sunday and it involves changing product packaging for its phones, tablets, and wearables.

Now, instead of plastic, pulp molds will form holder trays. Accessories will be wrapped in eco-friendly materials. Samsung phone chargers will even change from a glossy finish to matte so that the company doesn’t need to use a plastic protection film. The little things add up. Read more…

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Plastic finds second life in Portuguese street artist’s work

A lemur made of damaged car bumpers and bin lids. An owl made from plastic junk. Colorful animals have popped up in Paris as part of a new exhibition by Portuguese street artist Bordalo II, who aims to highlight the effect of waste on the environment.

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New ultralight material offers many uses for plastic waste, researchers say

Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.

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A plastics ban could cause even more environmental harm, say experts. TV shows such as the BBC’s “Blue Planet” have highlighted the damage done by littering the sea. But changing to glass or metal could double global energy consumption and triple greenhouse gases, said scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Instead, they are calling for…
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New Adidas Shoe Line Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

Adidas has come out with a shoe line that has ocean activists captivated.

Adidas paired up with Parley for the Oceans to create an eco-friendly shoe line made from recycled ocean plastics.

A message from Parley for the Oceans: 

Here are the problems our ocean is currently facing. A massive amount of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year. The ocean currents have formed five gigantic, slow-moving whirlpools where the plastic collects, nicknamed Vortex. Recent studies indicate that at least 5 trillion pieces weighing over 250,000 tons are now floating in the world’s oceans. The majority of the plastic debris sinks or remains in the Vortexes, however, a significant percentage of it washes onto our coastlines daily.

After sunlight photodegrades the plastic into small pieces, aquatic life and seabirds mistake these fragments for food and ingest it.

While it’s difficult to know exact figures, a 2012 report from WSPA indicates that between 57,000 and 135,000 whales are entangled by plastic marine debris every year in addition to the inestimable – but likely millions – of birds, turtles, fish and other species affected by plastic marine debris.

New studies show that ingested plastic damages the internal organs of fish. This raises the question about the safety of our seafood.

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Underwater image of a turtle with plastic on his head.


In this day and age, human consumption and pollution are at an all-time high. The Straw Free Campaign by the National Parks Services confirmed that on average American’s use over 500 million straws per day. We know how detrimental plastics, if not disposed of correctly, can majorly affect our world.

That’s why the internet broke when the Adidas brand recognized the heavily discussed social issue and came up with an efficient way to get involved without compromising their reputable brand.

Everything Adidas does is rooted in sport and technology. The responsive running shoes made entirely from ocean plastic are described as following:

These women’s running shoes are created with yarn made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. They have an Adidas Primeknit upper built with yarn spun from Parley Ocean Plastic™. The Boost midsole absorbs the force from your footstrike to release it at push off for a super-charged ride. The women’s-specific design offers adaptive support, comfort, and stability. Wet or dry conditions, a grippy outsole delivers sure-footed traction.

New Adidas Shoe Line Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic
New Adidas Shoe Line Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

“By 2020, Adidas wants all of their shoes to be made using recycled plastic, which is good for the health of the planet, but it’s good to know that their first foray into sustainability has been a success”. – Business Insider

So if you’re looking for a brand that provides technologically innovative and quality products, as well as a positive environmental impact, consider Adidas!

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