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The Plaid Zebra is an alternative news and entertainment website for the curious and inquiring focusing on the independent lifestyle. Broadening the horizons of possible lifestyle choices.

This infographic shows the real cost of wasted food around the world

While so much of the world remains in the clutches of poverty, it seems silly than that a select few countries could produce not only enough food to eat, but to throw in the garbage at the end of the…

This travel company wants to pay you $9,000 to explore Europe this summer

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  Summer vacation is right around the corner, which means that feet start to get itchy as students are released from the shackles of academia and everyone else starts to think about taking time off from their jobs…

What to pack for a long-distance bike trip

BY: RHIANN MOORE Whether you go with a group, a buddy, or fly solo, long-distance bike trips can be great experiences. Unfortunately, without the right gear, they can also be terrible. While there are the obvious essentials (tent, sleeping bag,…

Modern day stress and anxiety has led to a massive 90s nostalgia movement

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Today’s generation of millennials seems fixated on paying homage to ’90s pop culture. From music to fashion to technology, we seem to be reminiscing about the Good Ol’ Days more and more. And let’s not forget about…

Apparently urine therapy is a thing, and yes, it does involve drinking your own pee

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  After using the toilet, we don’t exactly think twice before flushing. But maybe we should. Urine therapy makes the most of urine and is believed to cure an array of illnesses including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even…

This peaceful ecolodge tucked into a remote Vietnamese mountainside is the definition of paradise

All photos from Topas Ecolodge Tucked peacefully away into the remote, mountainous region of Sapa, Vietnam, sits a stunning, extraordinary oasis. Surrounded by mountains and otherworldly scenery, the area offers some of the most spectacular views in the world. The…

Scotland will become the first UK country to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic cotton swabs

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  In an environmentally-friendly move by Scotland’s Government, the country is looking to ban, both the manufacture and sale of, plastic-stemmed cotton swabs. The move would make them the first country in the U.K. to do so. The…

Like hot food? This Food stall in New Delhi serves food on fire

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  If you’ve never tried your favourite snack on fire, you’re missing out. At least according to the owner of a paan stall in New Delhi, who has recently caught global attention for selling this Indian staple snack…

Laughter yoga boosts the mind and helps you live longer

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Most of us will do anything to rouse laughter in ourselves or others. It’s probably one of the greatest human pleasures – and now it’s being used as a form of…

For Canadians, free health care doesn’t come without a price

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  One of the most important relationships is the one you have with your doctor. It could very much save your life. But when waiting rooms are swelling with sick people, doctors sometimes speed through check-ups, and can…

It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding – Environmental Matrimony

Getting married is a special time for anyone, and making the day unique to you and your partner is important. That’s not to say that you won’t spend a lot of money on matrimony. It’s estimated that the average wedding…

5 cool and unusual bicycle designs

Tired of turning the corner and seeing someone riding the exact same bike as you? There are plenty of unique bicycles you can buy to cement your individuality on the road. Not only are these bikes ridiculously eye-catching and well-made,…

Cats are proven to naturally alleviate anxiety and depression

BY AILEEN ZANGOUEI Cats are simultaneously our cuddliest, furry friends and the world’s biggest assholes. But when they’re not waking us up at 4 a.m. by plunking their entire bodies on our face, or knocking anything and everything that’s glass…

The next evolution of birth control is moving beyond the pill

In 1839, Charles Goodyear came up with a simple rubber invention that changed everything. Not the tire – that had already been around for years before. No, this small rubber flap was the world’s first condom: a simple, snug-fitting device…

Travelling Differently: Muay Thai Holidays

The idea of travelling over ten thousand kilometres to get punched and kicked in thirty degrees plus heat might sound like pure madness to some, but that’s exactly where I found myself last year as I sat in the departures…

Afghanistan shelter helps reunite soldiers with the animals they left behind

BY: NADIA ZAIDI We have a lot of opinions when it comes to Afghanistan. War, human rights violations, and global intervention are usually at the forefront of that discussion. But one organization is helping us remember that animals, too, must…

Our elderly need a pot fix, but not from our government

BY: NADIA HARRIS  Marijuana is a holistic form of medicine that has had a tumultuous history in our modern society. It has been unjustifiably mislabelled as the herbal equivalent of a shit disturber, particularly in the minds of our baby…

Ethiopia is finally recognizing its stateless Rastafarian community

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Ethiopia will now issue identity cards to its members of the Rastafarian community – a religious group that has long been stateless. This recognition comes at a time of volatility. Rastafarians are fighting for land, language, and…

3 (really frickin’ easy) ways that you can save the great lakes from extinction

BY: NADIA ZAIDI   The Great Lakes are an endangered resource. Growing up, I was one of those kids who thought the environment wasn’t my problem. Who cares if I won’t be around to witness the season’s shift? But I eventually…

The world’s most remote island is now home to one of the largest protected marine reserves

BY: PHILIPPE DE JOCAS Hundreds of years ago, Dutch explorers from distant shores drew close to a mysterious island – one that would change the way we look at archeology forever. It wasn’t quite the kind of mysterious island that…