Shopping and Giving

I almost called this post 'Why I'm doing my Christmas Shopping at The Body Shop this year, and why you should too' but decided that might be a bit long winded, but you get the idea! A little while ago I went up to London with some lovely bloggers to The Body Shop's Christmas Party. It was a lovely evening with party games, pick and mix, and dancing, but also packed full of information. We had a talk on the charity work being done by the company and I was actually astounded at how much they give back. You may or may not know that my day job is being a student teacher, and so education features very highly on my radar, and is something that is personally very important to me. Over Christmas, The Body Shop, as well as donating £500,000 to the Teenage Cancer Trust, are pledging to donate £200,000 from the sales of their Christmas Gifts to help to build 5 new schools around the world. They work with communities in Ghana, Northern and Southern India, Honduras and Nepal to enable and support the building of schools and provision of teaching materials, and have already built a number of children's centers and primary schools. I think it is particularly wonderful that these communities are where a number of ingredients and products used by the company come from, and are traded in a sustainable and fair way. For example, in Nepal, the company work with Get Paper Industries to source their paper gift bags and boxes, including the sweet little festive house gift set you can see in the pictures above, and through the work of both companies, they have been able to build a successful primary school for both boys and girls, and are now planning to build an accompanying secondary school to further the education of these children. You have probably guessed by now that I am a huge fan of The Body Shop's products, and their Christmas gifts are no exception. With three festive ranges out this year, Cranberry Joy, Ginger Sparkle and Vanilla Bliss, there is something for everybody, wrapped up in gorgeous seasonal packaging. Being able to help out children around the world while getting a lovely range of presents for your loved ones, is why I am shopping at The Body Shop this Christmas!

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