At Lush there are lots of ethical issues that we care about as individuals and take action on collectively, making us a campaigning company.
Lush has always had embodied ethics that can be found in the products themselves; solid products were invented to reduce or entirely do away with our packaging and preservatives; the animal testing policy that all Lush suppliers have to abide by means that none of our, or our customers', money ends up in the hands of companies who are still testing on animals; and our buyers go to extraordinary lengths to find community projects to buy ingredients from, which will benefit the people growing, picking and making all the lovely butters, essential oils, resins and other materials that go to make up the finished products.
All of this has gone on quietly behind the scenes from the very beginning, but in 2006 something happened that led Lush to start campaigning publicly on environmental, animal and human rights issues - The Body Shop was sold to L'Oreal for approximately £650 million. Lush's roots were as a supplier to the Body Shop, inventing and making products for them in their heyday when Anita Roddick was still at the helm. The same people who invented and made the products back then are still behind Lush today, and in response to the sale of The Body Shop and the reaction of staff and customers it became clear that another campaigning voice was needed on the high street.
Right from the very beginning, Lush's campaigns were somewhat different from those that had been seen in shops before. Rather than aligning with big name groups and choosing well supported issues, we chose issues and groups that we cared about, but that we knew would find it difficult to get support elsewhere. We campaigned against incomprehensible legislation in the EU that called for massive animal testing and responded by dumping manure outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We fought to uphold the rule of law for people in Guantanamo long before Obama pledged (but failed) to close it down, and we championed sharks, who have been vilified since Jaws hit the screens in the 70s, by having people suspended by shark hooks in our shop windows.
We invite you to have a look around this campaigns corner, read about some of the issues we work on, start conversations about them by commenting here or on our forum or Facebook page, and most importantly, support the groups working to protect the environment, safeguard animals and stand up for the rights of all people everywhere.
We know not everyone wants "politics in their bath water", but we feel privileged to be in a position where we have the resources to help those who work tirelessly and selflessly for equality, peace and justice for all. We hope that you will continue to support us as we support them.
Fur means unnecessary animal suffering and killing!
On the street you see many young people wearing coats with fur collars attached to them.
A few years ago, fur was no longer common; it was a symbol of animal cruelty.
The fight to end animal testing in Europe is far from over. After celebrating the passing of the Cosmetics Directive on Monday 11th March, Lush Cosmetics launches a campaign - in collaboration with the Humane Society International - to replace animal tests with more modern alternatives for all REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) testing.