Because They're Worth It: Keep the Body Shop Green!

Protect the planet. Oppose animal testing. Support community trade. The Body Shop's core values have always distinguished it from mainstream businesses - and made it an icon within the progressive community.

Last month, this pillar of corporate social responsibility was sold to L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics company known for its popular brands such as Maybelline, Kiehl's and Lancome. Now, we're at risk of losing an important ally in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

To date, over 300 companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to replace chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health concerns with safe alternatives. The Compact is being promoted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of women's health and environmental organizations coordinated by the Breast Cancer Fund. Shockingly, our government allows the $35 billion beauty industry to use unlimited amounts of chemicals in everyday products such as lotions, shampoos and make-up with no required safety testing whatsoever.

The Body Shop signed the Compact in 2004, but L'Oreal refused and thus far, has made no effort to replace or even acknowledge the toxic ingredients in its products.

L'Oreal's acquisition of The Body Shop won't be official until May 1st. That's why we must act now to ensure that L'Oreal honors The Body Shop's commitment to safe cosmetics!

Dear Sir Owen-Jones:

I am writing today to express my concern about L'Oreal's recently announced plan to acquire The Body Shop.

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The Body Shop's passionate commitment to protecting the planet and steadfast focus on healthy and sustainable practices are what distinguish it from mainstream businesses. What's more, its desire to act as a force for positive change in the marketplace has made The Body Shop a respected model of corporate social responsibility.

Recently, The Body Shop demonstrated its commitment to women's health by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. In signing the Compact, The Body Shop and over 300 other companies from around the world have aligned themselves with the goals and values of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and pledged to only sell beauty and personal care products that are made from safe and non-toxic ingredients in every global market they serve.

I am deeply troubled that L'Oreal and other cosmetics companies that women trust are selling beauty products that contain chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and hormone disruption -- health problems that are on the rise in the human population.

As the CEO of the world's largest cosmetics company, you have the opportunity to lead an entire industry in a direction that protects women's health. That's why I'm writing to urge you to respect and honor The Body Shop's commitment to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and to making safe, non-toxic, healthy products for all of us.

Finally, I would urge you to follow The Body Shop's example by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, signaling your own corporate commitment to removing toxic ingredients from all L'Oreal product lines.

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