Commerce is bad, except when you’re selling body cream at $25 a jar

Anita Roddick of The Body Shop somewhat hypocritically heaps ordure on big bad multinational corporations. Like hers? Oh no, she’s one of the good ones.
Incidentally, in contrast to TBS’s cuddly green “all-natural” image, their products are screamingly ordinary and chemical-laden. The “natural”,”organic” and not least of all “fair trade” extracts are but a wee drop at the very end of the ingredient list. You want a company that is ecologically friendly but manages to maintain a sense of humor about it, go to Lush. As I do, as often as I can afford to.
Liink via the always sweet-smelling Jackie D.



  1. Dave in LA

    I’ve got a new Body Shop motto if they’re interested in truth in advertising: “Saving the planet through expensive personal care products sold to self-indulgent bobos who don’t know any better.” Roddick should hop in the Gulfstream, jet down to Nicaragua, and ask real actual people what they want. My guess would be employment at a multiple of the local wage, which is what most ‘sweatshops’ run by multinationals pay.
    Even Greenpeace despises this fraud of a company (although success is one of the things they hate.) According to this article,
    “The Body Shop claim to be helping some third world workers and indigenous peoples through so-called ‘Trade Not Aid’ or ‘Community Trade’ projects. In fact, these are largely a marketing ploy as less than 1% of sales go to ‘Community Trade’ producers, and it has been shown that some of these products have been sourced from mainstream commercial markets.”
    If a company wants to do image marketing, great. Just don’t lecture us about economic justice.

  2. Al Maviva

    “Organic? I thought you said Orgasmic. Why of course my products are orgasmic.”
    – Anita Roddick