Sunday, April 24, 2011

LUSH Japanese Relief Support Efforts

We were all horrified to learn of the devastation in Japan last month and the continuning nuclear issues surrounding the country and the world.  LUSH has just released two products that are in line with the relief efforts and the culture of Japan. To help in the efforts of so many already, LUSH is releasing both a limited soap and a variety of Charity Pots, all of which benefit different organizations that are currently helping to relief some of the disaster in the Pacific Ocean.

"We are heartbroken over the devastation and destruction in Japan.  For us it is very personal, as LUSH has over 145 shops, a factory, and 1,600 staff in Japan.  Some of these staff and their families have lost everything.  Knowing our connection to Japan, many customers have contacted us asking how to help.  We're just what we do best; we've created a limited edition soap and Charity Pots, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to grassroots organizations in Japan.  Thank you for your help."

First we will look at the variety of special Charity Pots made for this cause.  LUSH has stated that they are making 24,000 Charity Pots and are hoping to raise $24,000 for the cause.  "LUSH North America has launched three limited edition Charity Pots, with funds going directly to those working on the immediate humanitarian and animal welfare needs of Japan."  Your purchase will benefit one of three charities.  The first is Rescue Stock Yard, "A Japanese domestic disaster releif non-profit, has started emergency relief and preparation for long-term support for thousands of survivors".  The second charity to benefit is NGO, "The NGO Collaboration Center for Hanshin Quake Rehabilitation staff members have been in Miyagi Prefecture providing support for the victims of the Tohoku Pacific off shore earthquake".  The last charity is Animal Peace, "A grass-roots organization providing medical care, spay and neutering services and collecting food and blankets for displaced animals".  At this time, LUSH doesn't have the option of which Charity Pot you can pick, they ship any one of the three (but they still state that the full amount goes to charity whichever Pot you receive).

The second of the new items is a soap that resembles the flag of Japan.  It is named The Rising Sun and the proceeds from the sale go directly to the Peace Boat organization.  "Peace Boat is a Japan-based non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.  Since the earthquake, they have been organizaing volunteers, transporting aid, and providing meals to those affected by the disaster.  Your purchase of The Rising Sun soap will aid in their continued efforts to support people in need.  Soap up with sweet cherry scented suds and support Peace Boat in their continued efforts to aid people in need".  I just love cherry scented products so the fragrance just adds to the allure of this soap for me.

I want to order both of these products, possibly two or more of the soap.  I highly recommend that all of you guys check these out and make a little LUSH order to help benefit those in need of your help...

photo courtesy of LUSH

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