Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My New Career Path (s)....

Besides being a student that is! I have started off my own cleaning business which I call 'Green and Clean" an eco-friendly business that uses all natural products while leaving your home sparkling! It has really taken off and I have just increased my clientele to five which is sure to keep me busy. 
My happy little slogan :)
I also got a job at 'LUSH' woohoo! For the holiday season....As a teenager I made frequent trips to the city to visit what was then, the nearest Lush store. When a Lush opened up in my local mall I was surprised and delighted. Lush’s dedication to maintain ties to ideological values and business ethics are traits that I identify with and personally would like to support. These traits include; organic and vegan ingredients, no animal testing, responsible packaging, hand-made products, and other green initiatives. As a practicing vegetarian and past vegan, Lush became a natural option for me for bath and beauty products.  More recently, Lush Cosmetics innovative campaign to raise awareness about palm oil use and the effects this has on Malaysian and Indonesian rainforests is an admirable commitment. Lush’s move to eliminate the use of palm oil in their cosmetics is a responsible move when many other companies, such as Cadbury, continue to increase their use. As a political science student I am well aware of international social-political issues pertaining to this type of environmental degradation. Lush represents a viable, affordable and high quality product that acts as an alternative to companies such as Procter and Gamble and Unilever. The Charity Pot Program with proceeds going to various NGO’s, represents yet another example of an ethical company that I would like to become involved in. 



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  1. Congrats for getting a job in LUSH! Just wondering..if Palm oil's no longer in LUSH's products, what is used as a substitute then? A chemical substitute?

    I think the right way's to BOYCOTT unsustainable palm oil rather than palm oil as a whole. This is what the Malaysian government's doing with WWF:

  2. Hello Dr. Pop! Thanks for your comment! For information on how Lush has chosen to steer clear of palm oil as a soap base see: which describes the process of using coconut, sunflower and rapeseed oil along with sodium hydroxide (commonly known as lye) and water as a more sustainable option for consumption. Food grade Sodium hydroxide is used widely and in very minute amounts in soaps and food products.

    I definitely agree with what you are saying about not boycotting palm oil altogether but boycotting unsustainable palm oil practices. As far as I see it, the move lush has made to create a viable alternative diminishes the chances of the use of palm oil that may have been harvested in an unsustainable way. The article you sent me was very interesting and I agree more of this type of action needs to be taken. If I find out anything else about the new Lush soap base they are using I will be sure to update. Admittedly I am not a science buff and am unaware of any implications involving sodium would be great!


  3. Hi Delilah,

    Thanks for the link to what Lush uses as a substitute to palm oil. What concerns me now is that sunflower oil's used as a subsitute, because sunflower produces only 952 litres of oil/hectare compared to palm which produces 5,950 litres of oil/hectare... So if you think about it, the more demand there is for sunflower oil, more land will be cleared for a litre of it compared to palm oil...

    Isn't it tricky... sigh

    Sodium hydroxide (a.k.a lye) has been used to make soaps for centuries, so what doesn't kill our ancestors shouldn't kill us now :)

  4. Really?!! You're selling eco-friendly cleaning business? What products do you use?