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How do we ensure that our products and their ingredients arent tested on animals?

The Body Shop has always believed passionately that animals should not be used for cosmetic testing. We have never tested our products on animals. Similarly, we insist that all our suppliers have not tested their ingredients on animals for cosmetic purposes. 

We comply with the strict requirements of the Humane Cosmetics Standard created by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. Our policy, documented in our 2008 audit, has been praised by the BUAV. In the same year we won the RSPCA Good Business Award for a second time, for our commitment to animal welfare.

 

 

Were incredibly proud of our dedication to this issue, and our global campaigning against cosmetic animal testing. The EU banned animal testing for finished cosmetic products in 2004, and for ingredients in 2009.

We also fund organisations that campaign for increased research into animal testing alternatives. Our parent company LOral has made a significant contribution in this area and has pioneered the research and development of EpiSkin artificially grown human skin for use in skin irritancy tests and this revolutionary approach to testing is now used by The Body Shop wherever possible.

 

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How are we reducing our impact on the environment?-TBS

As a global business, we strongly feel the need to be proactive in the battle against climate change.

We’re constantly seeking new ways to improve our business practices and reduce our carbon footprint. In many of our stores, refits are rolling out that will improve our energy efficiency. New lighting, including store signs that have been successfully trialled, will help to reduce our energy use. We’ve introduced energy-awareness training for all our store staff, have reduced our air travel and are currently in the process of converting our car fleet to lower-emission models.

 

 

We’ve also made great strides in sourcing renewable energy wherever possible to run our offices, warehouses and stores around the world. In the UK alone, 65 per cent of our stores are on renewable energy contracts.

As long-term advocates for reducing waste, we’re now introducing plastic bottles made from 100 per cent recycled material. Our aim is to make all our PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles from this plastic – a staggering 30m bottles a year.

In 2008 we replaced all our carrier bags with 100 per cent recycled and recyclable paper bags. We still offer our Community Fair Trade Bag for Life made from 100 per cent organically grown cotton. We’ve also increased the recycled content in our gift packaging.

 

WHAT DOES OUR ECO-CONSCIOUS SYMBOL MEAN? Every product we use has consequences for the planet, from the shampoo we wash down the plughole to the packaging we throw away.

We’re working hard to help protect the planet, and one of the ways we are doing this is by introducing an eco-conscious standard. This symbol appears on products that meet our stringent set of environmental criteria. 


RESPECTS THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT We choose our raw materials carefully and only use ingredients known to be non-toxic to organisms that live in water. Raw materials which are classified as persistent and bioaccumulative and toxic according to EC Regulation 1272/2008 will not be used. The product formulation has been measured for ecotoxicity according to methodology 201 as defined by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development.


MEETS STRICT BIODEGRADABILITY STANDARDS All the foaming ingredients in the formula are readily biodegradable, and at least 75% of the carbon-based substances are non-persistent in the environment. A substance is defined as biodegradable if more than 60% of it is broken down into simpler chemicals within 28 days by living organisms generally found within the environment. A substance is non-persistent if it is capable of decomposing rapidly under natural conditions.


LIMITS PACKAGING WASTE We aim to use the minimum amount of packaging materials for products. We measure the weight and volume of packaging relative to its contents, and our pack-to-content ratio will never exceed 0.2 grams of packaging per gram of product. We also use post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in packaging wherever possible, and if the primary pack uses paper and/or card, it is from an FSC-certified source.

Earth Friendly Packaging-THE BODY SHOP

With Earth Day celebrations upon us, it’s time to take a quick minute to fill you in on all of our efforts, both recent and new, toward creating the most Earth friendly packaging possible for our products. We’re also taking the opportunity to showcase some of our more innovative and stylish packaging that is both easy on the eyes and the planet.

First off, all of our tubes and bottles are made with a minimum of 30% recycled plastics, and we’re working every day for higher levels of recycled content. As it is, that means that we save enough plastic bottles each year to reach the International Space Station and back!

We also like to see what stylish little accessories we can create using recycled materials, which is how we came up with our Recycled Compact Mirror. Recognize the design? Yep, it’s the same rose worn by our Moroccan Rose line that so many of you seemed to love, and this baby sports 50% post-consumer recycled material. So aside from being cute and functional, it’s highly eco-friendly.

Speaking of functional, we hopped on the reusable bag craze with a trendy little design of our own. Just throw this cotton tote over your shoulder for groceries, shopping trips, or pool visits. Not only is it eco-friendly, but the proceeds are donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

We’re also really excited to announce the debut of our Hello Again recycled toiletry bags and organizers, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. You’d never guess it from their sleek, black sophistication, but these bags have nothing but respect and love for our planet!

And of course we love finding creative and quirky ways to reuse our packaging. Many of our gifts come in tins that can be reused for earrings, change, or as a travel case for vitamins. And someone even pointed out to us that the packaging from the Joyful Aromas kit makes an excellent doll closet, complete with drawer, once the gift is in use! Now that’s a fun conservation tip we can love.

We enjoy working towards increasingly earth-friendly packaging that’s both beautiful and functional. We’d love to hear your thoughts on all that we’re designing, so feel free to leave feedback in the comments section.

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Research strategy

Nowdays public spaces are more inportant in people’s life, such as gallery, exhibition center, restaurant, theather, etc.However, how to make people feel enjoyable and comfortable during the time they spent in the public space remains a significant issue.

The main objective of my final project is try to to understand how different materials, colours, graphics and decorations  can effect the emotion and feeling of people.

Whether chosen or inherited, interior surfaces cannot aviod forming an impression and asserting their impact on a space. From rare and extravagant materials consciously selected to flaunt and exhibit status to the mass-produced, unadorned simplicity of white paint, the combination of walls, floors and cellings create a specific identity for any room. The characteristics of any material are expressed by colour, surface finish, inherent pattern, weight, warmth and response to light. The space influence not only how it looks, but also how it can be shaped, and how well it will perforn and wear over time.(Thames&Hudson, 2005)

On the other hand, colour is another important issue since it provides a very powerful means of creating mood and tone. ( Tony seddon& Jane waterhouse, 2009) And the colour of the pattern might represent the sensation behind the meaning of graphic.

Therefore, the first stage of my research stratege is to explore innovative colours,materials and graphic.

Beyond that, I also want to find out how we can enhance environment around us using the my findings above.

My Manifesto

I follow these manifesto for my design.

  • Try different design area.
  • Keep doing handicraft.
  • Make the world a better place to live.
  • Make people have an enjoyable and fun time during the experience, thus making life worth to be lived.
  • The ultimate aim of all creative activity is to bring happiness to people’s lives.

Interesting Survey

thousands of people log in to that site and take the strengths test, giving the researchers a good opportunity to compare the results pre and post 9/11. First they looked at the 30 days before compared with the 30 days after 9/11. They found an overall difference, and then narrowed down to look at individual strengths. This is a part I’m confused about. There are 24 VIA strengths in this model, but they used a p value of .01. Surely they should have used .05 / 24 = .002? I’ve looked through the paper several times and can’t see a justification for using .01, it seems pretty arbitrary.

So, thousands of people log in to that site and take the strengths test, giving the researchers a good opportunity to compare the results pre and post 9/11. First they looked at the 30 days before compared with the 30 days after 9/11. They found an overall difference, and then narrowed down to look at individual strengths. This is a part I’m confused about. There are 24 VIA strengths in this model, but they used a p value of .01. Surely they should have used .05 / 24 = .002? I’ve looked through the paper several times and can’t see a justification for using .01, it seems pretty arbitrary.

Anyway, using .01 they found significant differences for the strengths of gratitude, hope, kindness, leadership, love, spirituality and teamwork. Kind of interesting, teamwork makes sense, maybe you’d expect a drop in things like hope straight after a terrorist attack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/11 gave Americans more gratitude, hope, kindness, leadership, love, spirituality and teamwork

 

Reference:

Peterson, C.,&Seligman, M. E. P. (2003). Character strengths before and after 9/11. Psychological Science, 14(4), 381-384.