I was sorry to hear of the sudden death of Anita Roddick, who died this week of a massive brain haemorrhage at the comparatively young age of 64. Anita revealed last year that she was suffering from Hepatitis C, contracted after a massive blood transfusion, following the birth of her youngest daughter. Anita was an inspiration to all of us, with her tireless campaigning for social and environmental issues. Together with her husband Gordon, she founded the Big Issue magazine which is sold in Britain to help homeless people.
But Anita is best known as founder of The Body Shop. Founded in 1976, the small business selling toiletries made from natural ingredients soon grew to become a global phenomena, with stores all over the world. Anita campaigned for green issues through her business. Customers were given a discount if they brought back empty bottles to be re-filled. Recycling was something that was virtually unknown at that time. In addition Anita’s products were all manufactured using Fair Trade ingredients and the company was against animal testing. Prime Minister Gordon Brown described her as, “A true pioneer and an inspiration to women throughout the country”. Anita received a Damehood in 2004. and caused controversy when she sold The Body Shop to L’Oreal last year, a company which is still involved in animal testing. As her health deteriorated, Anita sold the Body Shop to enable her to spend more time on the causes closest to her heart. She will be sadly missed by us all. I love The Body Shop’s products. One of my friends bought me a lovely Moonflower toiletry set which I’m using at the moment. To read more about The Body Shop, follow the link shown below:-