LUSH Cosmetics to Donate $5K to Ecorazzi Reader's Charity of Choice
Conscientious cosmetic company LUSH never ceases to exceed expectations. Whether it’s advocating for animals by being vocally against all animal testing or ensuring customer satisfaction with products made from the cleanest ingredients, this global bath and beauty brand is all about protecting human and non-human hides alike.
Then there’s LUSH’s Charity Pot, a potion and a program all in one! A rich hand and body lotion — recently rebalanced to be self-preserving (along with the rest of LUSH’s line) — each Charity Pot contains even more good than meets the eye. Indeed, for every Charity Pot purchased, LUSH donates 100% of proceeds (after taxes) to nonprofits in need of some extra TLC. Whether operating on behalf of animal welfare, human rights or environmental conservation initiatives, so long as an organization applying for support meets LUSH’s guidelines,* they’re able to benefit from money raised selling this luxurious skin saver.
Since 2007, LUSH has contributed over $5.8 million to more than 600 grassroots charities in 35 countries. That’s a lot of pots! Now, with your input, LUSH is game to give $5000 to the charity of one lucky Ecorazzi reader’s choice.* Simply comment on this post, on our Facebook share of this post or reply to our tweet about this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win this spectacular chance to give back to the nonprofit nearest and dearest to you. We’ll even dedicate a post to you and said org via social media streams, announcing you two as the “chosen ones.”
To give you a glimpse of the kinds of groups positively impacted by Charity Pot participation, we tapped a few of the many fortunate orgs to snag the scoop firsthand from them.
Beagle Freedom Project rescues dogs — usually beagles who have never experienced safety or affection — from laboratories and shares their stories to promote alternatives to animal testing.
“LUSH is a truly ethical company,” says Shannon Keith, President and Founder of BFP. “[LUSH is] deeply invested in the[se] charities, giv[ing] charit[ies] a voice [and] creat[ing] true partnerships.”
The British Columbia-based Ancient Forest Alliance is another great group that’s witnessed how the Charity Pot effects tangible change. Working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province, Executive DirectorKen Wu had this to say about LUSH’s assistance, above and beyond generating funds and awareness:
“LUSH has sent legions of staff and supporters to attend hikes, come to rallies, write letters and speak to political decision-makers.”
Additionally, Wu adds, “Because we are a nonprofit without charitable status — which in Canada would restrict our freedom of speech and advocacy to pressure political decision-makers — LUSH has been one of few willing to support us without [receiving] a charitable tax write-off, which [makes] their support all the more valuable!”
For our third and final success story, President and Founder of Darwin Animal Doctors Tod Emko praises the Charity Pot, dubbing it “An ethical product that funds life-saving and environment-protecting projects, [as well as demonstrates the fact] that cosmetics can be humane.”
He further credits the company for amassing DAD — which provides comprehensive veterinary care for animals of the Galapagos Islands — far-reaching exposure. “With the credibility of LUSH behind our efforts, we have become an internationally recognized NGO,” he beams.
And, if all of this warm and fuzzy stuff wasn’t enough, LUSH sources ingredients for their Charity Pots from small-scale farmers that LUSH directly supports through something called the SLush fund. But more on that another day!
So, share your charity pick below, or on Facebook or on Twitter, and we’ll announce the winner via social media streams come October 3. Please be sure to include in your comment your full name and (if not submitted via Twitter) your Twitter handle.
The fine print…
LUSH Cosmetics and the Charity Pot hand and body lotion are all about “Give generously, Use generously,” and they’re calling on Ecorazzi readers for their next big philanthropic gift. Now’s your chance to shine a LUSH light on a charity that you feel is deserving and in need of this important awareness and funds.
How to enter:
- Comment on this Ecorazzi blog post; our official Facebook share; or reply to our official Ecorazzi tweet with your suggested charity.
Entry details, rules and regulations:
- Winner will be decided by LUSH and Ecorazzi representatives (this is to ensure that the charity meets the Charity Pot guidelines listed below).*
- Open to US residents only.
- Check out the Charitable Givings guidelines* to see if the organization you have in mind meets our ethical standards.
- Contest opens Wednesday, September 17 and closes Wednesday, October 1.
- Not be involved in animal testing, research or any actions harmful to animal welfare. (This means we cannot donate to medical charities.)
- Only participate in non-violent action (if the charity engages in direct-action campaigning).
- Be environmentally responsible.
- Respect human rights.
- Not be affiliated with a central faith-based organization.