The new Lush Spring Prize, a £200,000 annual prize fund that aims to support projects around the world working towards environmental and social regeneration has been launched by Lush and co-operative Ethical Consumer Research Association.
Regeneration is key to moving livelihoods and economies beyond the sustainable, to revive damaged environments by putting back more than what’s taken out. The Lush Spring Prize aims to support a shift towards doing things differently; affording more people the resources and the opportunity to do so.
The Lush Spring Prize will award funds annually to those who are engaging in the process of regeneration in the following four categories:
• Intentional Projects (£50,000): Backing for great ideas in the early stages;
• Young Projects (£75,000): Projects 1-5 years old seeking to grow;
• Established Projects (£50,000): Beacons demonstrating success and withstanding the test of time;
• Influence Award (£25,000): Lobbying or campaigning to influence policy or public opinion in support of regeneration.
A diverse panel of judges have met in March and winners will be awarded their prizes at a high-profile event in May 2017.
Nominations are welcomed from anywhere in the world.
The project's website contains more details about the prizes as well as application forms and background information.
Since establishing in 1995 in UK, Lush currently has over 900 shops worldwide and are present in nearly 50 countries. Creators of pioneering beauty products such as the fizzing bath ballistic, shower jellies and solid shampoo bars. Lush places emphasis on fresh ingredients like organic fruits and vegetables. Lush operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives. Lush leads the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by running public awareness campaigns and developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer without any packaging. Lush has been awarded the RSPCA Good Business Award for 2006 and 2007, the 2006 PETA Trailblazer Award for Animal Welfare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare ‘Business of the Year’ award for 2010.
LUSH We Believe:
Lush won the top 10 Ethical Company in UK and co-founders (Mark and Mo Constantine) awarded Officers of the Order of the British Empire of the New Year Honours List 2011. Lush believes in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing the products on humans. Lush will never be comfortable with the REACH legislation until all animal testing is removed from it.