Archive for June, 2010

Anita Roddick and the Body Shop

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

When I went to boarding school in England in the late 1970′s, I used to love to go shopping for beauty products at the Body Shop, founded by Anita Roddick in 1976. Recently, I read her autobiography and was so inspired by her vision for her business that I underlined many passages which resonanted so strongly for me. What an inspiration she is! I was amazed at how similar my vision is to hers and was thrilled to learn how important environmental activisim was to her and her business.

The book is called Body and Soul by Anita Roddick.

Page 7: ” My passionate belief is that business can be fun, it can be conducted with love and a powerful force for good.” Yes!!

Page 24: “How do you stay successful and still keep your soul and your sense of fun, and remain human in a business environment that alienates humanity every way? We dealt with these dilemnas by coming out of the closet and declaring publicly that we intended to be a force for social change. We believed that it was possible to shift from a value system of ever increasing profits to one in which core values were concerned with human and social issues and were founded on feminine values like love and care.” Yes!!!!

Page 86: “To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” Yes!!!

Page 165: “I never had any doubt that the Third World needed work rather than handouts. Trade gives people in the Third World the ability to choose their destiny when they meet the pressures of the west, and helps them utilize their resources to the benefit of their social, cultural and material needs.” I’m jumping up and down I am so excited about this one!

Page 165: “Most multinational companies didn’t give a damn about the Third World: their only interest in it was as a source of cheap labour and extra profits. We believed that Trade Not Aid was likely to be the most effective way to alleviate suffering and poverty around the world, and over the next few years from 1987 we refined the ground rules into an international trading policy.

The principles behind Trade Not Aid were that:

-we respected all environments, cultures and religions

-we utilized traditional skills and materials

-we created trade links that were not only successful but sustainable

-we traded in replinshable natural materials

-we encouraged small-scale projects that could be easily duplicated

-we provided a long-term commitment to all projects.”

These two last quotes are of particular significance to me, because I support several women’s cooperatives from around the world by selling their products on my site. It’s important to me to raise awareness of their struggles to overcome the many challenges they have to survive and  and help them be proud in earning their own income.

Anita Roddick rocks!

Love the graphics on the inside binding.

Organic Wool-Filled Comforters are the Best

Friday, June 11th, 2010

A few months ago,  I learned how amazing Organic Wool-Filled Comforters are and I only wish I had known sooner!  They are so soft on the outside because they are covered with the softest 100% certified organic cotton sateen woven in 300 thread count. YUMMY. Then, they are filled with 100% certified organic fine merino wool. This kind of wool helps regulate your body temperature faster, which makes you sleeper longer and better. Yeah! I really needed that. Who knew that wool is really fire resistant? It’s particular structure makes it able to absorb moisture more efficiently. Then, it just gets better: dust mites, mold, mildew and bacteria hate wool! They can’t get their icky bodies through the ‘complex’ 3-dimensional dry wool fibers. I have been using the wool-filled pillow to sleep on for the past few months, and I have never slept better. The pillow is just the right firm/soft that I like and it keeps its shape so no more sore neck. The comforter I have is so delicious and my sister used it when she was staying with me recently and went nuts for it and told me she had never slept better either! How can that be? Apparently people have been sleeping on wool for thousands of years, especially in the hottest climates (hello SoCal). I am thrilled to offer the pillow and three different size comforters on my site

Organic Wool-Filled Cotton Comforter

Close up of Organic Wool-Filled Cotton Comforter

Priscilla's Organic Wool-Filled Cotton Pillow