The environmentally conscious cosmetics retailer Lush will close all its operations in the USA and Canada to join in the climate strike being popularised by Greta Thunberg. Lush’s President and CEO in North America, Mark Wolverton has confirmed his commitment to scheduled strike which will see all the company’s outlets, it headquarters as well as all manufacturing facilities and e-commerce operations shut down on 20th September in the USA and 27th September in Canada.
“As a business with deep roots in environmental activism, giving our thousands of staff the time to get out there and demand bold action is a no brainer,” said Mark Wolverton in a statement. “We all share this planet, so we need to band together to sound the alarm and show our politicians that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option. Climate crisis won’t wait, and neither will we.”
The shut down of all of Lush’s 250 North American outlets is a major corporate statement.
More than 5,000 staff members will take to the streets to demand government environmental action before its too late. They will join the marches inspired by 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg. The Global Climate Strike will coincide with the UN’s Climate Action Summit on September 23. The young activists are demanding an end to fossil fuels and a commitment to ensure the planet’s survival for their generation.
A commitment to environmental stewardship
Lush is an exclusively handmade cosmetics brand and has been committed to reducing its environmental impact for years and is known for its donations to environmental causes. It uses solar energy to conserve all of its retail energy consumption. The brand is particularly well-known for selling packaging-free products that comprise 52 per cent of its range. The cruelty-free brand has also donated $12 million to 715 elementary organizations working for environmental justice over the last decade.
Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and Seventh Generation along with more than 200 other companies have also committed to joining youth climate activists worldwide on the day of planned walkouts from workplaces and schools to demand change.