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The story of our Fair Trade organic cocoa butter started a few years ago when we began working with the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado in Columbia. The quality of the cocoa butter is absolutely gorgeous, but the community it supports is even better.
Christmas is still yet to come but we've taken down our decorations at our Queen St West shop in Toronto today. Instead, we've replaced it with a "human" victim of the fur industry.
For 24 hours our human volunteer will have her leg caught in a leg-hold trap, one of the standard traps used by the fur industry to demonstrate the pain and the cruel terror of awaiting death. After 24 hours they will be dispatched by a trapper to demonstrate the horrific ways that animals are killed for their fur. Why 24 hours? In Ontario the unenforceable maximum time an animal can be left in a trap is 24 hours.
Our live demonstration, in partnership with the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals during the bustling holiday season is meant to educate the public on the horrific and unnecessary suffering of trapped animals, all in the name of fashion. We also hope to inspire you to take action against fur, and sign our postcards urging the end of fur trim on apparel.
If you can't make it to one of our East Coast shops to sign a postcard, you can sign an online petition HERE.
Our many thanks to the brave performance artists who volunteered their time and talent to help us communicate the true reality of the fur industry.
Watch our live stream of the demonstration here. We'll be filming all 24 hours to share and capture the event.
“The imagery of Canada is the Great White North, the polar bears, the Aurora Borealis, we all live in igloos. That’s the mythology. People around the world love that mythology.” - Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose
The official start of winter is less than two weeks away, but we've been feeling the brunt of winter weather - rain, sleet, snow and chill for a while now. Scarves and mittens are out in full force, along with boots, hats and winter coats. Luckily we haven't experienced any Arctic weather conditions, and our outerwear choices serve fashion as well as function.
Unfortunately, fur is back in fashion. As a consumer you may have chosen faux fur as an ethical option instead. But in Canada it's only "optional" for retailers to label real fur products. It's easy to confuse and buy real fur, and not fake fur. Even fake fur presents a problem - it increases the visibility and desirability of real fur. The use of fur, even a small amount, is inhumane.
Each year in Canada, over 3 million animals are killed for their fur. Some are trapped and killed in the wild, and others are raised in confinement in fur farms.
Animals trapped in the wild break bones and teeth trying to escape from the cruel traps. On fur farms, animals live in small cages and are gassed or electrocuted. Fur isn't fashion, or a symbol of wealth and status - it's animal cruelty. The use of fur is being justified by a number of reasons, but it's a trap. Retailers are fe...
We've got so much to be thankful for here at LUSH. For one thing, we're so very thankful for our fantastic customers and the LUSH community that we share. We're also thankful for our amazing employees who make us who we are. We're celebrating the season and sharing just some of what we're grateful for.
What are you thankful for?
Kelly, from our Robson St location in Vancouver, BC is a guest blogger this week. She's just returned from the LUSH Prize awards ceremony in London, and shares her experience at the awards and in the fight against animal testing (all while suffering from jetlag). Thanks Kelly!
I have always been an animal lover, and when I found LUSH my love and compassion for animals grew. The passion that LUSH shows towards fighting against animal testing is truly inspiring and goes beyond anything I have seen before.
When we launched our Fighting Animal Testing campaign, I approached it as a chance to really make a difference. I talked to anyone who listened, got signatures for our petition from whoever would lend their signature, and got my whole store team so pumped up they were doing the same. We ended up having almost 1000 signatures, which landed us in the top 10 results in the company. In June, LUSH announced they would be awarding a 250,000 pound LUSH Prize to an organization or individual who could make a change to end animal testing in the cosmetic industry.
Hearing about the cruelty in animal testing made me want to do more. I was angry and wanted my voice to be heard. Tricia from Retail Marketing heard my voice! She set me up with one of our Charity Pot partners, The Ghosts in our Machine. Their Facebook page describes it as, "The Ghosts in our Machine is a cinematic feature length documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within, or rescued from, the machine of our modern world." LUSH was g...