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The Chic Sham

Lush, a British-based cosmetics firm that makes millions selling soaps, shampoos and bathroom sundries to women, has launched a campaign against expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry. Polling stations at all 44 Lush stores in Canada encourage women to petition against oil tanker and pipeline proposals that would enable the oil sands industry to increase its rate of extraction from 1.5 to 7 million barrels of oil per day.

You might ask why would any rational cosmetic company get involved in a controversy over energy policy, but Lush has butted in on the basis that it’s an ethical company, having previously taken stands targeting animal testing and promoting fair trade with developing nations. There’s only one problem with the company’s position. It’s all a sham, grounded upon unethical quicksands.

Lush also happens to hawk its cosmetics in Saudi Arabia, where the company has remained totally silent not only on matters pertaining to oil production but also relating to the abysmal treatment of women as second-class citizens. No small hypocrisy, eh? H/T Blazing Cat Fur

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