Welltodo Today: The Body Shop Goes Greener, Are Crystals Ethical? Casper Launches CBD Gummies

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Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.

Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze

In February, crystals colonised Tucson. They spread out over carparks and gravel lots, motel courtyards and freeway footpaths, past strip malls and burger bars. Beneath tents and canopies, on block after block, rested every kind of stone imaginable: the opaque, soapy pastels of angeline; dark, mossy-toned epidote; tourmaline streaked with red and green.

Venus Williams Invests in Zeel

Venus Williams is continuing her wellness investing streak with an investment in Zeel, an on-demand massage business. As part of the deal, Williams is joining the company’s board and will help Zeel roll its sports stretching and massage offerings deeper into the professional athlete community.

Body Shop gets greener with refillable shower gel and activism zone

The Body Shop is going back to the future with a UK concept store that aims to return to the activist roots of its late founder, the environmental and human rights campaigner Anita Roddick.

Casper’s CBD gummies are here to help you sleep when a mere mattress isn’t enough

Casper wants to help you get in the mood to sleep even before you lie down on one of its beds. The mattress startup is launching a new line of gummies to help you catch some Zs with three other letters-CBD.

Moving further into wellness, Free People is converting its stores to workout studios – Glossy

Free People wants to be a serious wellness brand. Starting this fall, the brand will ramp up its activewear line, FP Movement, launched in 2015, and also start carrying more wellness products in stores and online. In addition, it plans to bring a wellness focus to most of its 136 stores and ensure that any new stores have space for workout classes.

M&S joins forces with Infarm to bring urban farming to its stores – FoodBev Media

Marks and Spencer (M&S) is partnering with urban farming platform Infarm to sell fresh produce grown and harvested in its stores. The UK retailer is now growing a range of fresh herbs – including basil, mint, parsley and coriander – at its newly re-opened Clapham Junction store in London, with Infarm vertical farming units set to roll out to a further six London stores by the end of the year.

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