If you’re familiar with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, you’d know that they specialise in all-natural, cruelty-free face and body care products. You’re probably also aware that in addition to selling these products, Lush also regularly supports environmental and human rights causes.
When I heard that Lush was teaming-up with the charity 1 Million Women from 7 – 15 April to save the Great Barrier Reef, I knew that I needed to get involved. Not only am I protective and proud of the reef as an Australian, but I also have a personal connection to it.
My husband and I snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef on our honeymoon in 2012 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m not an adventurous person and I’ll probably never be brave enough to bungee jump or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but something drew me to stepping outside my comfort zone and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef.
I remember sliding into the water tentatively. For some reason, I expected to swim out for a few meters before we ‘got there’ and could see anything.
Too excited to wait, I put on my googles and peered into the water. My heart leaped in my chest, the reef was right there! Actually, I was amongst it! I, a young woman from bustling Melbourne who had only ever seen the reef in photos, was surrounded by beautiful, multi-coloured coral and tiny fish! It took my breath away. I want everyone, from every generation, to be able to have that moment.
Unfortunately, if we don’t intervene, future generations may not have much to see if they go snorkelling in the reef. In addition to the negative effects of climate change, chemical run-offs and coral-bleaching, there are now threats of coastline industrialisation.
1 Million Women is encouraging the World Heritage Committee to list The Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” and protect it from the coal and gas ports which could destroy it.
I attended the Lush #SaveTheReef event on Wednesday 8th April as a media guest. It goes without saying that while I was there I didn’t hesitate to sign a petition to support the campaign.
Lush staff members also taught us how to make the limited edition Life’s a Beach Body Scrub Powder (RRP AU $9.95). All proceeds from sales of this product will be donated to 1 Million Women to support their Great Barrier Reef preservation campaign. Check your local Lush store to see if they have any tubs left!
The Lush staff invited us all to get in touch with our inner child and do some finger painting! Yes, really! We were all invited to show our support by leaving a finger print on a cardboard cutout of a piece of a coral hanging in the store window.
Although Lush’s in-store #SaveTheReef campaign is now finished, you can still make your mark by visiting the 1 Million website and signing the petition. Please show your support for protecting this iconic Australian reef and all the sea life within it.
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*I was given a complimentary ticket to the Lush #SaveTheReef event as a media guest. This has not influenced my views in any way. Please read my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information.