Lush Cosmetics has made a big pivot in its manufacturing operations to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.
The retailer has announced it will produce handmade scent-free soap at its manufacturing facilities located in Vancouver and Toronto.
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All of these products will be donated to hospitals, medical clinics, and community groups across the country. Without the fragrance, the palm oil-free soap is made from the same ingredients as their “Honey I Washed The Kids” soap, with honey to soothe and moisturize dry skin.
They plan to distribute the new scent-free soap to 13 direct service healthcare organizations and women’s centres and shelters across BC. Within the past week alone, they have already donated 15,000 pieces of this soap to Vancouver’s Give a Hand initiative and 3,200 pieces to Lookout Housing + Health Society.
By the end of April, 70,000 of these soaps will be produced for these organizations in Vancouver and Toronto combined.
Additionally, the company will be emptying the products from its Metro Vancouver store locations to add to its contribution of donated items, with an average of about 1,500 pieces of soap per shop. Managers from these stores will collect and distribute bath bombs and coloured soaps, as well as body lotions and face masks.
In-store product donations within the Vancouver area will total about 19,000 items, including 3,500 items to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2,000 items to the Downtown Eastside Response, and 2,000 items to the Hospital Employers Union.
Lush is also helping reduce the pressure on personal protective equipment (PPE), as it will be donating 7,000 gloves and 1,000 N95 masks. In Vancouver, this PPE supply will go to the BC First Nations Health Authority.