Goodridge urges boycott of Lush Cosmetics for company’s oilsands opposition.
ort Mcmurray-conklin MLA Laila Goodridge is urging Albertans to boycott Lush Cosmetics for the company’s opposition to the oilsands and new pipeline projects.
Speaking in the Legislature on Tuesday, Goodridge criticized the company for denouncing Alberta’s oil industry and campaigning against major pipeline projects, while at the same time maintaining stores in Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“For a company that claims to pride itself on taking ethical stances, they seem to have no issue in operating storefronts in Saudi Arabia and Iran, two countries that have absolutely atrocious human rights records and basically non-existent environmental standards,” she said.
“I would urge all Albertan shoppers, especially as we enter into this holiday season, to choose to buy their products from stores that celebrate and support Albertans,” said Goodridge. “This Christmas, I hope that Santa leaves some quality Alberta oilsand in Lush’s stocking in place of the coal that they deserve.”
The company did not return requests for an interview. According to Lush’s website, the company began its campaign against the oilsands in 2010 when it partnered with the Rainforest Action Network.
That first campaign raised $42,000 to support the organization and a $10,000 donation was made to the B.c.-based Dogwood Initiative, which campaigned against the proposed Northern Gateway project.
The company organized a petition opposed to oilsands expansion, which collected 24,015 signatures.
“To symbolize all we have to lose by investing in the tar sands, our shop staff donned nothing but fake oil barrels and rallied our customers to sign a petition asking thenprime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper to invest in green energy solutions,” the company’s website states.
“The Tar Sands continue to expand and grow, but we must break free from fossil fuel.”
As the Christmas shopping season begins, a social media campaign has called for a boycott of the company.
A petition organized by the group Canada Action calling for a boycott has collected more than 2,100 signatures. A Facebook page called Pipeline Action posted the phone numbers for the four Lush stores in Calgary. People on Facebook and Twitter have been criticizing the store on social media posts.
The company has not commented on the campaign or Goodridge’s comments, but has been defending its stance through social media.
“Fossil fuel consumption is not sustainable, and continued investment in the oil industry will remove any incentive to work towards sustainable alternatives,” the company told one Twitter user who pointed out the company still uses plastic packaging.
“We are advocating for a just transition to clean renewable energy, in which gas and oil workers are retained, for a greener future for all Canadians,” the company said in response to another user accusing the company of hypocrisy for relying on vehicles using gasoline to transport products.
Goodridge – who says she has not been to a Lush store since the company’s first anti-oilsands campaign ran eight years ago – is the second Albertan politician to urge a boycott of the company at the start of the Christmas season, joining Calgary Councillor Sean Chu.
“There are thousands of Calgarians/albertans out of jobs during this Christmas season but this company is advertising this ‘Stop the pipelines. No more tar sands,’” he wrote on his Twitter account on Nov. 29. “I’m boycotting this company and you should too.”
Laila Goodridge, UCP MLA for Fort Mcmurray-conklin, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fort Hills oilsands operation on Monday, September 10, 2018.
From left to right: Eriel Deranger joins Lush Cosmetics employees Holly Hoover and Brittney Miller as the two wear fake oil barrels protesting the oilsands outside a store in Edmonton, Alta. on June 9, 2010.