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The holiday season has officially landed. The spirit of giving is a big part of our holiday tradition. We are blessed to live in the most economically prosperous and resource abundant continent in the world. Having been given so much already, it’s hard to believe we could possibly need more. But we do. We need upgraded computers, newer cars, more advanced toys for our kids and let’s not forget clothes, because we must have the latest fashions.
As we all know, this time of the year is fraught with mass commercialism and consumerism. I might add, I’m proud to say that LUSH doesn’t advertise anywhere outside of our storefronts, nor do we participate in the biggest retail events of the year, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We believe in candlelit baths, but we also believe in the safety of our employees.
Since we have all have had our fair share of the guilt-ridden consumerism talk, courtesy of the media, I’m not going to harp about over-consumption. We already know that in modern western society, we are over-consumers. Yes, some of us are of the “bloodthirsty for deals” mindset, taking down retailers’ front doors and attacking the guy who picked up the last Beanie-Baby… you know who you are. Some of us are of a holistic mindset, known as “conscious consumers”, and would rather make gifts or buy handmade presents for loved ones from local artists or fair trade organizations. I’m of the latter variety… Getting trampled for a 40% off plastic toy poodle just ain’t my style. But, what this all amounts to is that all of us, with as little or as much as we pu...