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Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, our weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more from our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes articles on whether or not smartphones are raising anxiety levels, how to better clean your dishes without harmful chemicals, a big win for women in South Korea, a rebuttle to some popular yoga excuses, 5 superfoods you should start eating now, and an exposé on Swedish fashion giant H&M.

1. Ring. Buzzzz. Ping. Chirping smartphones are our constant companions, alerting us to breaking social news and work emergencies at every moment of the day. But this hyperconnection — meant to make life easier — is raising anxiety levels, say scientists who recently found that the more you check your phone, the edgier you feel. Read more on Experience Life.

2. There is a cleaner way to wash up! Check out this great post from MightyNest on 11 avoidable ingredients in dish detergent.

3. Good news in global women’s rights! In South Korea, female flight attendants with Asiana Airlines just won the right to wear pants on the job, after 25 years of skirts as standard uniform requirement. Company officials overturned the pants ban after it was ruled discriminatory by South Korea’s human rights commission. Get the scoop on BlissTree.

4. “I’m not flexible,” “I don’t have time…” YogiTimes has 3 popular excuses that people give for not doing yoga and BUSTS THEM! If you’ve been holding back, read this great article and get started today!

5. Have you heard the term ‘superfood’ lately? It’s becoming a huge buzzword among health care practitioners, and is appearing on product packaging from supplements to protein powders. But what exactly is a superfood, and which ones should you be eating for a healthy diet? The Organic Whey’s article on the top 5 super foods everyone should eat is a great starting point.

6. Swedish fashion giant H&M released its 11th Sustainability Report last Thursday, which included a list of its global suppliers. The list accounts for 95% of the order volume for all its brands, which are H&M, Cos, Weekday, Monki, Cheap Monday and & Other Stories. The label claims to have done this in order to “take another step in making our industry more transparent and ultimately more sustainable.” But is that what they are truly doing? Find out on Ecosalon.

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