The Body Shop Foundation announces the results of global customer voting, thanks to a fundraising promotion with one of the world’s most renowned street artists – Ben Eine and The Body Shop International
This February saw The Body Shop’s iconic Hand Protector receive a charitable limited edition packaging, with EINE’s famous typography stating clearly the powerful, positive message of ‘CHANGE’.
Every limited edition Hemp Hand Protector or Almond Hand & Nail Cream sold did exactly that – for every tube purchased, £1.50 was donated to The Body Shop Foundation, the charitable arm of the company.
Lisa Jackson, CEO of The Body Shop Foundation says “We are delighted to be part of the exciting collaboration between EINE and The Body Shop; it’s a simple but powerful message that is at the heart of our work. Every customer that has purchased this hand cream has helped us create positive, powerful global change by supporting innovative, community based groups working to make a real difference”.
Following global voting by customers of The Body Shop, a staggering 210,482 hand creams have been sold across the world, with over a quarter of a million votes cast on one of three issues close to the customers’ heart.
Funds were split accordingly and 17 global groups have been funded to the tune of over £300,000 between them. The beneficiary groups work on issues from e-waste to endangered species, from turning plastics into fuel to a global mobile app for holiday makers to highlight (and hopefully end) animal suffering.
Want to know exactly what we funded? Click on the issue category below to find out who and what your money helped, you wonderful people, you!
Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV)
ENV works collaboratively to work to ensure wildlife is protected…More info
ENV works collaboratively to work to ensure wildlife is protected in Vietnam. They have established the National Wildlife Protection Network, made up of volunteers, to facilitate the monitoring of restatements and businesses nationwide to reduce consumer wildlife crime.
Funding is requested to support ENV in expanding and strengthening the work of their volunteers, with the aim of further reducing wildlife crime and increasing public participation in efforts to protect wildlife.
£15,000 awarded - www.envietnam.org
Survival International exists to prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples…More info
Survival International exists to prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples and to give them a platform to speak to the world. Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. Whole populations are being wiped out by violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like measles and flu to which they have no resistance.
Funding is requested towards the Uncontacted Tribes campaign, which aims to secure their land for them, and to give them the chance to determine their own futures.
£15,000 awarded - www.survivalinternational.org
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation’s Travellers’ Animal Alert initiative provides a…More info
The Born Free Foundation’s Travellers’ Animal Alert initiative provides a way for holidaymakers, as well as the general public, to raise their concerns by sending in reports and photos of animal suffering. Animal Alert investigates neglect, fights cruelty and works with tour operators, travel businesses, governments and other organisations to take positive action, where possible, and help improve animals’ lives.
Funding is requested for preliminary consultations with phone application developers, based in the UK, to develop an app compatible with iPhone and Android phones and tablets.
£15,000 awarded - www.bornfree.org.uk
Endangered Species International
The endemic Philippine tarsier is among the world’s 25 most…More info
The endemic Philippine tarsier is among the world’s 25 most endangered primates (IUCN 2015). This small secretive species is highly threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation (forest loss), insufficient conservation areas for critical habitat, lack of awareness, and poor law enforcement. The tarsier lives only in forest habitat covering less than 3% of the Philippines.
Funding is requested towards a project aiming to plant and monitor 50,000 native trees from 35 different species, to conduct surveys and monitoring for the endangered Philippine tarsier, to conduct conservation awareness and education at Mt. Matutum, and to provide training for the Bl’aan Tribe on tree nursery management, tree planting, and monitoring.
£13,000 awarded - www.endangredspeciesinternational.org
Rare & Endangered Species Trust
The endangered pangolins are very shy elusive animals making them…More info
The endangered pangolins are very shy elusive animals making them almost impossible to observe & study in the wild. While most tracking units have become smaller & longer lasting due to solar, satellite & GPS, on pangolins is is difficult as the animals are small, mainly nocturnal, sleep in deep burrows & can travel several kilometres in a night.
Funding is requested towards specialised research & tracking equipment. £25,000 awarded - www.restafrica.org
Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are…More info
Pangolins (also referred to as scaly anteaters or trenggiling) are protected by an international ban on their trade, but populations have suffered from illegal trafficking due to unfounded beliefs in East Asia that their ground-up scales can stimulate lactation or cure cancer or asthma. They are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world.
Funds are requested to build a pangorarium at Sangha Lodge, a small eco-lodge in a Protected Area adjoining Dzanga Sangha National Park in the Central African Republic. Also to bring in 2 pangolin zoologists to advise on the build, and the purchase of a video camera to record footage of pangolins.
£14,400 awarded - www.bornfree.org.uk
Green Ark Committee
Pygmies – indigenous (aboriginal) populations of the Democratic Republic of…More info
Pygmies – indigenous (aboriginal) populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo – face extreme poverty and many hardships due to deprivation, exclusion and discrimination. This is first and foremost a situation stemming from rights issues, as it bears a gross denial of fundamental human rights.
Funding is requested for the project Advancing Indigenous Peoples (Pygmy) Self-Sufficency (ADIPESS), with the aim to promote Pygmies’ rights to natural resources (lands, forests, etc) as well as to basic public services for their livelihoods, dignity and empowerment within their communities.
Environmental Justice Foundation
In Ghana, illegal fishing has depleted fish stocks, leaving the…More info
In Ghana, illegal fishing has depleted fish stocks, leaving the local fishermen with reduced catch, income and food security. In turn, some fishermen have turned to poaching turtles or taking the eggs for local consumption. This - together with entanglement in fishing gear and threats to their nesting beaches - has rapidly reduced the number of Leatherback, Green and Olive Ridley turtles in Ghana’s waters.
Funding is requested towards a project to protect marine turtles in Ghana by raising local awareness of the need for legal, sustainable fishing methods and marine wildlife conservation.
£36,000 awarded - www.ejfoundation.org
Olive Ridley Project (ORP)
Since 2013, ORP volunteers have recorded and disentangled more than…More info
Since 2013, ORP volunteers have recorded and disentangled more than 250 sea turtles and removed over 350 ghost nets from the Indian Ocean. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea.
Funding is requested to hire a Maldivian Community Outreach Officer for one year. This will enable ORP to reach out to more fishers and island communities and to maintain a consistent presence in the Maldives. In turn this will increase the number of turtles rescued and the number of ghost nets recorded and removed.
£10,000 awarded - www.oliveridleyproject.org
ZimConserve aims to increase food security, to alleviate poverty, conserve…More info
ZimConserve aims to increase food security, to alleviate poverty, conserve the environment, encourage communities to practice proper agro-ecological practices that prevent environmental degradation, promote agroforestry and rehabilitation of degraded land, and to develop cost effective models for empowering and supporting forest dependent women and men to strengthen their own livelihoods.
Funding is requested towards 4 Forest Gardening Clubs for 100 farmers at a 5 hectare plot allocated by the Government of Zimbabwe in Hatcliffe district.
£14,630 awarded - http://www.freetocharities.org.uk/zimconserve
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
Witnessing first-hand the rapid devastation of the world’s mangrove forest…More info
Witnessing first-hand the rapid devastation of the world’s mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems, MAP’s founders formed a global network to address problems of mangrove loss worldwide.
Funding is requested to restore a site of former shrimp ponds back to mangroves using Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR). CBEMR works with nature and communities to restore mangrove ecosystem hydrology and to re-establish bio diverse coastal greenbelts for a range of environmental, social and economic benefits.
£20,000 awarded over 2 years - http://www.mangroveactionproject.org/
Basel Action Network (BAN)
BAN that first revealed the horrors of the international electronic…More info
BAN that first revealed the horrors of the international electronic waste trade, has shown that far too often, despite what is promised to you, your old computer in fact is headed straight for the global dump. BAN intends to find out exactly where your old e-waste is likely to end up and how it gets there. This evidence then enables them to raise awareness of environmental abuses.
Funding is requested towards the use of electronic GPS based trackers placed into old broken electronic devices and delivered to consumer electronics recycle locations. If BAN sees that the trackers move overseas, they will travel there and document their fate.
£30,000 awarded - www.ban.org
Plastics for Change (PFC)
By 2025 there is expected to be one tonne of…More info
By 2025 there is expected to be one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every three tonnes of fish and, according to the World Bank, the root cause of plastic pollution stems from the fact that 3.5 billion people still live without access to crucial waste management services. PFC sees an enormous opportunity to reduce poverty through recycling. PFC’s innovative model revitalizes the recycling infrastructure to create jobs for some of the most marginalised members of society in developing countries.
Funding is requested for a full time Development Manager position in India. £33,000 awarded over 3 years - www.plasticsforchange.org
Butakoola Village Association for Development
Bottle Brick Technology uses waste plastic bottles to build 10,000…More info
Bottle Brick Technology uses waste plastic bottles to build 10,000 litre water harvesting tanks that capture rain water for schools and the wider community in Uganda.
Funding is requested towards the workshops required to teach this technology, thereby increasing safe water storage levels, improving water, sanitation and hygiene levels in schools and households, and reducing plastic waste.
£12,938 awarded - http://www.projectbuvad.org/
Clean Oceans International (COI)
COI have invented a method of converting plastic pollution harvested…More info
COI have invented a method of converting plastic pollution harvested from the ocean into diesel and gasoline through vaporization and cooling using Plastic to Fuel (PTF) technology.
Funding is requested for the set up and operation of the mobile PTF laboratory, to enable it to be taken on the road this summer to share Clean Oceans International’s discoveries.
£30,000 awarded - cleanoceansinternational.org
Sea Sense designs programmes that provide conservation benefits for marine…More info
Sea Sense designs programmes that provide conservation benefits for marine wildlife and socio-economic benefits for coastal communities. Sea Sense is requesting funds to conduct a targeted Dugong education and awareness campaign in the Rufiji - Mafia Seascape in central Tanzania.
The area supports the last remaining population of Dugongs in Tanzania and is recognised internationally for its biodiversity.
£15,000 awarded - http://www.seasense.org/
Turtles, including the Hawksbill which is one of most endangered…More info
Turtles, including the Hawksbill which is one of most endangered species in the world, nest on El Salvador’s beaches. Only 1 in every 1000 hatchlings reaches maturity. Recovery of stranded adult and sub-adult turtles that wash ashore will enable their hatchlings to be successfully released into the ocean.
Funding is requested towards an S.O.S. site for sea turtles, equipped to rescue and shelter injured and sick sea turtles that come ashore. These turtles are then able to lay their eggs in safety to increase the numbers release into the ocean.
£15,000 awarded - www.funzel.org