Monday, September 10, 2007

The World Loses a Pioneer

Today the world lost a pioneer in the beauty industry - Dame Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, has died after suffering a major brain haemorrhage at St. Richards Hospital in Chichester at the age of 64.

Her husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said Dame Anita was an "incredible woman" who would be "sorely missed". He said: "She was a amazing inspiration to those around her, not just in environmental and human rights issues, which were two of her passions.

"She was so ahead of her time when it came to issues of how business could be done in different ways, not just profit motivated but taking into account environmental issues. She was a true pioneer."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid his own tribute to Dame Anita. In a statement he said: "I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Anita Roddick, one of this country's true pioneers.

"She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. She will be remembered not only as a great campaigner but also as a great entrepreneur."

As an avid user of Body Shop products, I really appreciated being able to purchase amazing beauty products that were environmentally conscious and supported a variety of worthwhile causes, from the environment to abused women. The Body Shop taught us all that beauty should not come at the price of the environment or animals.

Let's hope that Dame Roddick's vision carries on as we continue to navigate our way through the world of beauty.


Anonymous said...

This is sad news indeed. Thank you for the thoughtful post. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Anonymous said...

That is sad news. THe Body Shop has been around for as long as I can remember & definitely brought issues such as animal testing to the fore-front of the cosmetics industry.

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