Erika Edwards

Erika has spent the greater part of her career living the LUSH life. She started in Canadian Public Relations where she did everything from writing media releases, and spreading the story of LUSH. Then she moved over to the marketing team, where she contributed to retail campaigns and creative branding initiatives. However, Erika’s most loved role at LUSH has been working as part of the Charity Pot team where she has the opportunity to help provide funding small grassroots organizations through the sales of our Charity Pot hand and body lotion, and engage staff and customers in their volunteer program.

Dec 12.13

Gifts that Give Back

Charity Pot >> LUSH Life

Giving is often top of mind during the holiday season, whether it’s giving gifts to family and friends, or providing a charitable donation to those in need. But you don’t have to be limited to one or the other! Our Charitable Givings team jumped at the chance to share how you can marry holiday gift-giving with supporting grassroots charities from around the world.

Use this shopping guide, featuring a selection of our Charity Pot partners, to spread joy to your family and beyond this Christmas.

1. Since The Beagle Freedom Project became a LUSH Charity Pot partner, we have seen some serious beagle love. To start the year off right, and continue the insane cuteness all year long, a Beagle Freedom calendar is a sure hit with dog lovers. ($25/ea). The Beagle Freedom Project rescues and finds loving homes for beagles used in animal testing labs.

2. Made by Survivors designs and creates handmade jewelry with messages of freedom and hope made with recycled and sustainable materials. The jewelry is all made by survivors of human trafficking and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal and Thailand. ($25-$100).

3. These handmade Decorative Handkerchiefs would be a lovely addition to the Christmas dinner table as cloth napkins (4 for $20). Each one is individually designed and stitched by mothers who are part of the Amarok Society ‘Mothers of Intention’ Schools. Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers in Bangladesh how to read and write, then teaches the mothers to be neighborhood teachers to pass on their skills to their community. 

4. Hug It Forward Coffee is cultivated in the mountains of Guatemala. A collective of small independent farmers harvests each pound by hand. The majority of the purchase price goes directly to the farmer, with no middleman. The remaineder funds "bottle school" projects in Guatemala through Hug it Forward. Dark Roast, Espresso, French Roast, Medium Roast, Full City Roast… what’s your pick? $11.95/12 oz bag. 

 

5. Unique hand-blown glass ornaments handmade by Eric Anderson (Seattle, WA) $25/ea. This purchase directly supports HoneyLove, a charity with the mission to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers through education, advocacy and outreach.

6. Limited edition photographic prints created by renowned photographer and founder of the Big Life Foundation, Nick Brandt. 100% of the price of each print goes directly to coordinating cross-border anti-poaching operations in East Africa.

7. For only $25, you can give the turtle lover in your life the gift of saving 25 baby turtle hatchlings! They’ll also receive a beautiful Turtle Garden Flag and 3 turtle postcards. You’ll be helping our Charity Pot partner SeetheWild to restore endangered turtle populations from around the world, and protect millions of hatchlings through the program a Billion Baby Turtles.

8. If you’re looking to spread your giving by supporting a number of charities, then our Charity Pot hand & body lotion does just that. 100% of the sales go to small grassroots charities working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. And with gorgeous, skin-softening ingredients like Fair Trade cocoa butter and sweet almond oil, their skin will benefit too! ($5.95/45g pot, $22.95/225g pot).

For more charitable gift ideas to delight everyone on your list, visit our Ethical Gifts Guide Pinterest board. Happy gift-giving!

Erika Edwards

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