Meet Eighth Day – the co-operative making sustainable beauty accessible to students
This independent shop offers the Northwest’s largest selection of vegan, organic and Fairtrade goodies, meaning you no longer have to hunt for sustainable options or spend excessive amounts on online deliveries.
In the heart of the bustling student quarter on Oxford Road, a very different kind of venue has taken root: An independently owned, eco-friendly food shop and cafe.
Despite an emphasis on the importance of veganism and sustainability in the modern era, this way of living is not always the most accessible or affordable.
But that might be about to change.
Enter Eighth Day – a venue that’s striving to bring an eco-friendly lifestyle to the forefront of Manchester.
This independent shop offers the largest selection of vegan, organic and Fairtrade goodies in the North West, meaning you no longer have to hunt for sustainable options or spend excessive amounts on online deliveries.
Their range includes a variety of food, zero-waste products, herbal supplements, and natural cosmetics; they even offer vegan alcohol to enjoy at student parties or evening meals.
Eighth Day originally opened in the 70s as a clothing store and craft exchange but transitioned into a wholefood shop as both customer and staff interests in vegetarianism grew.
One of their newest additions to their extensive range of products is natural, sustainable beauty products, which have risen to attention in 2020.
Eighth Day are also stockists of cosmetic brand Lamazuna – who offer zero-waste, vegan and cruelty-free bodycare products.
Their eco-friendly take on essential items like shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser and toothpaste are free from packaging and toxins that can hurt the environment, meaning you can now extend your sustainable lifestyle into your beauty routine.
There’s also sustainable feminine hygiene products for sale – including menstrual cups and reusable tampons, which massively helps to reduce plastic waste whilst providing a sustainable (and student budget-friendly) solution to period problems.
Sustainable, eco-friendly beauty products are still a new phenomenon that are difficult to track down without paying an arm and a leg for, but Eighth Day are successfully bringing these within reach and budget of Manchester’s students.
There’s a vegetarian café on site, too – serving freshly made healthy meals and cakes for you to indulge in.
Takeout is available if eating-out isn’t your thing during the pandemic – and the café will be going 100% plant based on October 5.
Eighth Day can be found at 111 Oxford Road and is open from 9:30am – 5:30pm every Monday ’til Saturday.
You can also order any of their products and meals for delivery or collection from their website.
Chanel fashion show in Manchester brought a staggering £8m boost to the city
The total value of the massive Chanel fashion show in Manchester has been revealed, along with that the amount it cost in public money.
Early analysis of the global event, which saw Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter shut down and turned into a runway, suggests it generated a whopping £8m impact for the local economy.
And it’s estimated that the value it’s had for the city overall through national and international media coverage will be worth at least £100m.
Chanel’s Metiers d’Art fashion show was held earlier this month and had the city in a flurry of excitement, with celebrities spotted including Hugh Grant, Tilda Swinton and Kristen Stewart.
They, along with names like Aitch, Bugzy Malone and Alexa Chung, were seen leaving fancy hotels and partying at venues like Salford Lad’s Club and Victoria Baths.
And now Marketing Manchester has valued the direct impact of the 600 Chanel guests and staff for the show to be worth £8m in direct income.
That includes staying in hotels for three to four days, spending in the local economy while they were here, and other expenditure like venue hire.
The Chanel show in Manchester is expected to attract even more investment, jobs and opportunities for Mancs too.
A main criticism of the show was how much it was costing the city to shut down one of its busiest streets for the week – the answer is nothing at all.
The council has confirmed that Chanel met all the associated costs, including cleaning, road closures, and recompensing the businesses affected by the event, with no cost to Manchester’s public purse.
In addition to that, 50 fashion students from Manchester Metropolitan University were invited to work backstage at the Chanel show, dressing models and supporting rehearsals.
Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said: “The Chanel event is one of the highlights in the global fashion calendar and the choice of Manchester as the host city received international acclaim.
“But for us it was never about the glitz and glamour – events such as this help cement Manchester’s reputation on a global stage and come with both direct benefits, through the money spent within our economy while they are here but also indirect benefits by showcasing the city and helping to capture investment, jobs, visitors and attention, all of which open up opportunities for Manchester residents and communities.”
Victoria Braddock, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said: “The scale of the impact of the Chanel Métiers d’art show in Manchester will be felt for years to come.
“The global media coverage of the event has put a spotlight on Manchester and its rich heritage in textiles and home of iconic music, which will drive conversations about the city and bring new visitors.
“The £8m economic impact is a welcome boost across accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, and demonstrates the importance of global events in the city.”
Sarah Boyd, managing director of Sephora UK, said: “We are extremely excited to bring Sephora to Manchester, one of the most vibrant cities for beauty in the UK.
“Expanding our presence beyond London is something that consumers have been screaming out for, and we are listening hard to them when deciding where to go next.
“The Trafford Centre, known for its iconic atmosphere and diverse retail offering, is the perfect location for our third store.”
Russell Loveland, managing director at Pradera Lateral – Trafford Centre’s Asset Managers, said: “This iconic beauty giant already has a cult following, and our own social media has been blowing up with enquiries from excited customers eager for Sephora to open.
“We are very proud Sephora chose the Trafford Centre for its next location, which will be its first store in the North of England, and know it will be a fantastic success and a great addition to our strong international brand lineup.”
One person commented on Sephora’s Instagram post: “This is the best news I’ve heard all year!”
Another said: “OMG ITS HAPPENING, STAY CALM”
And someone wrote on Trafford Centre’s post: “Omg omg can’t wait.”