Direct to consumer online sales have helped a number of female-focused startups get products to market in recent years -- often pitching better designed and generally more thoughtful feminine hygiene products than mainstream staples. The lack of innovation in the mainstream market for feminine hygiene has certainly created a gap for startups to address. The core products on shelves are, all too often, depressingly familiar -- disposable pads and tampons -- even if they may (sometimes) now be made of organic cotton or have some other mild design tweaks.
There's a saying in real estate that they aren't making any more land, which is meant to suggest that buying property is a good thing. Farmland Partners buys farms, as its name implies. Roughly 70% of its property is dedicated to commodity crops like corn, wheat, and cotton.
Japanese apparel makers Mizuno and World Co will stop using cotton from China's Xinjiang due to concerns over alleged human rights violations in the region, Nikkei reported on Friday. Global apparel manufacturers are coming under growing criticism from consumers for ties to Xinjiang. Activists and U.N. rights experts have accused China of using mass detainment, torture and forced labour in the region.