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The Body Shop and EINE Raise over £325,000 For Global Projects




In collaboration with EINE, one of the world’s most renowned street artists, The Body Shop has called upon the power of their customers and have raised over £325,000 for The Body Shop Foundation.

The Body Shop Foundation is the charitable arm of The Body Shop which funds innovative social and environmental projects around the world.

Throughout the campaign, The Body Shop sold a redesigned version of one of its most iconic products, its Hemp Hand Protector, with charitable limited edition packaging. The Body Shop worked closely with Ben EINE to create the unique packaging which featured EINE’s famous typography spelling out the powerful positive message of ‘CHANGE’ across the front of the product, a message that embodies the ethos of both EINE and The Body Shop.

For every tube of limited edition Hemp Hand Protector or Almond Hand & Nail Cream sold, £1.50 was donated to The Body Shop Foundation. Customers were then asked to vote on where they believed the funds should be spent from a number of key social and environmental problems. Over 200,000 hand creams were sold around the world.

The Body Shop’s customers selected the following issues for the funds to be spent on (in order):

1. Our People & Animals

2. Our Planet

3. Our Ocean

Funds were split according to the votes cast and 17 global groups have been funded with more than £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 animal suffering.

Jeremy Schwartz, CEO of The Body Shop International says: “The Body Shop continues to excite our customers with new ideas. For the launch of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment in February, announcing 14 targets in our aim to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable business, we partnered with a world-renowned street artist to redesign the packaging on one of our best-selling products. Not only is the Hand Protector a great product, but people from all over the world have responded positively to the ethics behind the product and our leadership in this area. Following global voting by customers of The Body Shop, more than 200,000 hand creams have been sold across the world, with each customer voting on one of three issues close to the customers’ heart”.

Ben Eine says, “When The Body Shop first approached me about this project and said that together we could raise £300,000 for important causes, I didn’t hesitate to get involved. The fact that we surpassed the target and sold more hand creams with my CHANGE artwork on it and have been able to donate £28K more is truly awesome. It proves that people still care about making positive change and are taking action into their own hands.”

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”.

Some funding highlights include:

Our People & Animals

– £158,400 was donated to groups falling under the People & Animal banner, including Education For Nature which works to protect wildlife in Vietnam through reducing wildlife crime and increasing public participation.

Our Planet

– £110,028 was donated to Our Planet groups including ZimConserve which works in Zimbabwe to increase food security, alleviate poverty, conserve the environment, promote agroforestry and rehabilitation of degraded land and to support forest dependent women and men to strengthen their own livelihoods.

Our Oceans

– £60,000 was also donated to Our Oceans groups which will see funds donated to North American non-profit Clean Oceans International to establish a Plastic To Fuel laboratory that can convert plastic pollution from the ocean into diesel and gasoline.

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Is Wood Burning Sustainable For Your Home?



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Wood is a classic heat source, whether we think about people gathered around a campfire or wood stoves in old cabins, but is it a sustainable source of heat in modern society? The answer is an ambivalent one. In certain settings, wood heat is an ideal solution, but for the majority of homes, it isn’t especially suitable. So what’s the tipping point?

Wood heat is ideal for small homes on large properties, for individuals who can gather their own wood, and who have modern wood burning ovens. A green approach to wood heat is one of biofuel on the smallest of scales.

Is Biofuel Green?

One of the reasons that wood heat is a source of so much divide in the eco-friendly community is that it’s a renewable resource and renewable has become synonymous with green. What wood heat isn’t, though, is clean or healthy. It lets off a significant amount of carbon and particulates, and trees certainly don’t grow as quickly as it’s consumed for heat.

Of course, wood is a much less harmful source of heat than coal, but for scientists interested in developing green energy sources, it makes more sense to focus on solar and wind power. Why, then, would they invest in improved wood burning technology?

Homegrown Technology

Solar and wind technology are good large-scale energy solutions, but when it comes to small-space heating, wood has its own advantages. First, wood heat is in keeping with the DIY spirit of homesteaders and tiny house enthusiasts. These individuals are more likely to be driven to gather their own wood and live in small spaces that can be effectively heated as such.

Wood heat is also very effective on an individual scale because it requires very little infrastructure. Modern wood stoves made of steel rather than cast iron are built to EPA specifications, and the only additional necessary tools include a quality axe, somewhere to store the wood, and an appropriate covering to keep it dry. And all the wood can come from your own land.

Wood heat is also ideal for people living off the grid or in cold areas prone to frequent power outages, as it’s constantly reliable. Even if the power goes out, you know that you’ll be able to turn up the heat. That’s important if you live somewhere like Maine where the winters can get exceedingly cold. People have even successfully heated a 40’x34’ home with a single stove.

Benefits Of Biomass

The ultimate question regarding wood heat is whether any energy source that’s dangerous on the large scale is acceptable on a smaller one. For now, the best answer is that with a growing population and limited progress towards “pure” green energy, wood should remain a viable option, specifically because it’s used on a limited scale. Biomass heat is even included in the UK’s Renewable Heat Initiative and minor modifications can make it even more sustainable.

Wood stoves, when embraced in conjunction with pellet stoves, geothermal heating, and masonry heaters, all more efficient forms of sustainable heat, should be part of a modern energy strategy. Ultimately, we’re headed in the direction of diversified energy – all of it cleaner – and wood has a place in the big picture, serving small homes and off-the-grid structures, while solar, wind, and other large-scale initiatives fuel our cities.

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7 Benefits You Should Consider Giving Your Energy Employees



As an energy startup, you’re always looking to offer the most competitive packages to entice top-tier talent. This can be tough, especially when trying to put something together that’s both affordable but also has perks that employees are after.

After all, this is an incredibly competitive field and one that’s constantly doing what it can to stay ahead. However, that’s why I’m bringing you a few helpful benefits that could be what bolsters you ahead of your competition. Check them out below:

Financial Advising

One benefit commonly overlooked by companies is offering your employees financial advising services, which could help them tremendously in planning for their long-term goals with your firm. This includes anything from budgeting and savings plans to recommendations for credit repair services and investments. Try to take a look at if your energy company could bring on an extra person or two specifically for this role, as it will pay off tremendously regarding retention and employee happiness.

Life Insurance

While often included in a lot of health benefits packages, offering your employees life insurance could be an excellent addition to your current perks. Although seldom used, life insurance is a small sign that shows you care about the life of their family beyond just office hours. Additionally, at such a low cost, this is a pretty simple aspect to add to your packages. Try contacting some brokers or insurance agents to see if you can find a policy that’s right for your firm.

Dedicated Time To Enjoy Their Hobbies

Although something seen more often in startups in Silicon Valley, having dedicated office time for employees to enjoy their passions is something that has shown great results. Whether it be learning the piano or taking on building a video game, having your team spend some time on the things they truly enjoy can translate to increased productivity. Why? Because giving them the ability to better themselves, they’ll in turn bring that to their work as well.

The Ability To Work Remotely

It’s no secret that a lot of employers despise the idea of letting their employees work remotely. However, it’s actually proven to hold some amazing benefits. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 95% of employers that allow their employees to telework reported an increased rate of retention, saving on both turnover and sick days. Depending on the needs of each individual role, this can be a strategy to implement either whenever your team wants or on assigned days. Either way, this is one perk almost everyone will love.

Health Insurance

Even though it’s mandated for companies with over 50 employees, offering health insurance regardless is arguably a benefit well received across the board. In fact, as noted in research compiled by KFF, 28.6% of employers with less than 50 people still offered health care. Why is that the case? Because it shows you care about their well-being, and know that a healthy employee is one that doesn’t have to worry about astronomical medical bills.

Unlimited Time Off

This is a perk that almost no employer offers but should be regarded as something to consider. According to The Washington Post, only 1-2% of companies offer unlimited vacation, which it’s easy to see why. A true “unlimited vacation” program could be a firm’s worse nightmare, with employees skipping out every other week to enjoy themselves. However, with the right model in place that rewards hard work with days off, your employees will absolutely adore this policy.

A Full Pantry

Finally, having a pantry full of food can be one perk that’s not only relatively inexpensive but also adds to the value of the workplace. As noted by USA Today, when surveying employees who had snacks versus those who didn’t, 67% of those who did reported they were “very happy” with their work life. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference this could make, especially when considering the price point. Consider adding a kitchen to your office if you haven’t already, and always keep the snacks and drinks everyone wants fully stocked. Doing so will increase morale tremendously.

Final Thoughts

Compiling a great package for your energy company is going to take some time in looking at what you can afford versus what’s the most you can offer. While it might mean cutting back in other areas, having a workforce that feels like you genuinely want to take care of them can take you far. And with so many different benefits to include in your energy company’s package, which one is your favorite? Comment with your answers below!

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