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Tea bags may release microplastics

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Tea bags may release microplastics Tea is often considered to be a healthy drink option, but you probably never considered that your tea may actually actually contain billions of harmful microplastics. According to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology, some premium tea brands are packaged in plastic pouches with a silky quality, and these bags can break down into the tea.
Nathalie Tufenkji, a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University, and her team purchased four types of commercial loose leaf teas packaged in plastic bags, emptied out the leaves, then dunked the bags in glass vials with water heated to 95 degrees. The team then used electron microscopy to analyze the water samples and determined that a single plastic tea bag released around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics.
Tufenkji told New Scientist that this number is quite high compared to other foods that contain microplastics. “Table salt,” she said, “which has a relatively h…

Christmas market tours in Europe

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Christmas market tours in Europe America’s version of “Christmas markets” seem to either be heavily decorated department stores or amusement parks that replace Santa with slightly sketchy carnies. That’s why to really get the mulled-wine and gingerbread feel of Christmas, you need to cross the pond and visit the centuries-old Christmas markets of Europe.
This, of course, is not exactly as easy as strolling down to the mall and enjoying the nativity scene outside Hot Topic, so if you’re making the big production to fly all that way, you should probably hit more than one. And fortunately, there is no shortage of scenic river cruises, romantic train rides, and adventurous tours waiting to take you there. Here are seven tours that will bring you through the best Christmas markets in Europe, as well as plenty of other world-class cultural locales.
1. AmaWaterways Christmas on the Danube
Photo: S.Borisov/Shutterstock
River cruising might be the most stress-free way of seeing multiple Christma…

Tea bags may release microplastics

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Tea bags may release microplastics Tea is often considered to be a healthy drink option, but you probably never considered that your tea may actually actually contain billions of harmful microplastics. According to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology, some premium tea brands are packaged in plastic pouches with a silky quality, and these bags can break down into the tea.
Nathalie Tufenkji, a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University, and her team purchased four types of commercial loose leaf teas packaged in plastic bags, emptied out the leaves, then dunked the bags in glass vials with water heated to 95 degrees. The team then used electron microscopy to analyze the water samples and determined that a single plastic tea bag released around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics.
Tufenkji told New Scientist that this number is quite high compared to other foods that contain microplastics. “Table salt,” she said, “which has a relatively h…

Christmas market tours in Europe

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Christmas market tours in Europe America’s version of “Christmas markets” seem to either be heavily decorated department stores or amusement parks that replace Santa with slightly sketchy carnies. That’s why to really get the mulled-wine and gingerbread feel of Christmas, you need to cross the pond and visit the centuries-old Christmas markets of Europe.
This, of course, is not exactly as easy as strolling down to the mall and enjoying the nativity scene outside Hot Topic, so if you’re making the big production to fly all that way, you should probably hit more than one. And fortunately, there is no shortage of scenic river cruises, romantic train rides, and adventurous tours waiting to take you there. Here are seven tours that will bring you through the best Christmas markets in Europe, as well as plenty of other world-class cultural locales.
1. AmaWaterways Christmas on the Danube
Photo: S.Borisov/Shutterstock
River cruising might be the most stress-free way of seeing multiple Christma…

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

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Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week It's clear skies ahead as Ryanair settled its two-year lawsuit against Expedia. Bloomberg

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Ryanair and Expedia have finally reached a settlement — two years after the Irish airline initially filed. Meanwhile, Marriott has no plans to make any changes to its Bonvoy program despite its ups and downs. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/ryanair-and-expedia-settle-lawsuit-and-9-other-top-digital-stories-this-week/

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

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San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, known for its nightlife, is shown here. Brand USA is helping San Diego connect with Chinese tourists through a partnership with Chinese digital payment giant Alipay and Fliggy, an online travel agent platform owned by Alibaba. Bob Pinto / Flickr

Skift Take: China is California’s top long-haul market. So it's a smart move for Brand USA and San Diego to partner with Alibaba, given that Chinese travelers use Alipay and online travel platform Fliggy on a daily basis. — Faye Chiu Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/san-diego-deploys-alipay-to-boost-chinese-tourism/

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Lawsuit and 9 Other Top Digital Stories This Week It's clear skies ahead as Ryanair settled its two-year lawsuit against Expedia. Bloomberg

Skift Take: This week in digital news, Ryanair and Expedia have finally reached a settlement — two years after the Irish airline initially filed. Meanwhile, Marriott has no plans to make any changes to its Bonvoy program despite its ups and downs. — Jasmine Ganaishlal Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/ryanair-and-expedia-settle-lawsuit-and-9-other-top-digital-stories-this-week/

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism

San Diego Deploys Alipay to Boost Chinese Tourism The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, known for its nightlife, is shown here. Brand USA is helping San Diego connect with Chinese tourists through a partnership with Chinese digital payment giant Alipay and Fliggy, an online travel agent platform owned by Alibaba. Bob Pinto / Flickr

Skift Take: China is California’s top long-haul market. So it's a smart move for Brand USA and San Diego to partner with Alibaba, given that Chinese travelers use Alipay and online travel platform Fliggy on a daily basis. — Faye Chiu Read the Complete Story On Skift https://travel.atspace.co.uk/san-diego-deploys-alipay-to-boost-chinese-tourism/

Unbabel Raises $60 Million for Translation Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week

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Unbabel Raises $60 Million for Translation Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week Some workers at the Lisbon office of Unbabel, a translation service provider that has received more venture funding. Unbabel

Skift Take: In the past week, travel startups raised more than $100 million in funding. The companies Unbabel, Beyond Pricing, Travel Easy, Air Doctor, Seatfrog, Cruisewatch, HappyOrNot, Landline, Planet O, and Go Zayaan look to go to the next level. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/unbabel-raises-60-million-for-translation-services-travel-startup-funding-this-week/

Unbabel Raises $60 Million for Translation Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Unbabel Raises $60 Million for Translation Services: Travel Startup Funding This Week Some workers at the Lisbon office of Unbabel, a translation service provider that has received more venture funding. Unbabel

Skift Take: In the past week, travel startups raised more than $100 million in funding. The companies Unbabel, Beyond Pricing, Travel Easy, Air Doctor, Seatfrog, Cruisewatch, HappyOrNot, Landline, Planet O, and Go Zayaan look to go to the next level. — Sean O'Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift http://travel.atspace.co.uk/unbabel-raises-60-million-for-translation-services-travel-startup-funding-this-week/

The best glamping and camping spots

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The best glamping and camping spots Florida has, not completely unfairly, become the butt of a lot of jokes. Botch multiple elections and give the world headlines like “Florida Man Arrested for Operating Retirement Home Chop Shop” and you’re not escaping the late-night comedy circuit.
That said, Florida is still full of natural beauty, much of it beyond its world-renowned beaches. Perhaps the best way to experience that beauty is to get out and spend a few nights sleeping in it. “But what about the humidity, mosquitoes, and Florida people running wild,” you say? This is why the world created glamping, a way to revel in the great outdoors without having to deal with any of the actual great outdoors. And through our good friends at Glamping Hub, we found these 10 uniquely Florida spots for glamping.
1. Bell tents in Santa Rosa Beach

$156 per night
Photo: Glamping Hub
If one were to write down their Florida glamping fantasy, it would probably involve a beautiful, luxurious tent set up on a…

Best things to do in LA's Koreatown

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Best things to do in LA's Koreatown Don’t get us wrong: We’re all about Seoul and its gangnam style. But, and this is a big but, you don’t need to go all the way to South Korea to get a taste of Korea. Koreatown in Los Angeles — or K-Town for those in the know — more than lives up to its name. Not only does it have the largest Korean community outside the motherland, but it also boasts such a concentration of Korean restaurants, markets, mini-malls, spas, and bars, all crammed into three square miles, that it feels like an extension of Seoul itself without the long-ass flight to get there. Granted, not everything in Koreatown has Seoul’s soul. Cassell’s Hamburgers is as American as apple pie — and serves it to boot. But eating, drinking, and shopping around K-Town is still the closest thing you can get to Korea without actually going there.
Crash in K-Town
Photo: The LINE Hotel Los Angeles/Facebook
This one may seem obvious, but it’s essential. To get the full K-Town experience, i…