Vivienne Westwood, War on Want and Lush come together to fight TTIP

15 September 2015 - 10:30am
Press release

From 18 September to 1 October 2015 Lush will join forces with War on Want and Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution in the fight against TTIP* – a dirty deal being negotiated, in secret, between the European Union and the USA.

The campaign against Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is one of the most vibrant movements seen for years.

Lush shops in 14 countries across Europe will host anti-TTIP events and sell a limited edition shower powder – Dirty Deal Showder** - with a box designed by Vivienne Westwood especially for the campaign. All profit from the product will go to grassroots groups across Europe who are fighting back against TTIP.

Across Europe, over 2.5 million individual people have now signed the European Citizen’s Initiative saying No to TTIP. The talks began in 2013 and the coming months are crucial in the campaign as the EU and US governments try to rush through this deal.

Vivienne Westwood said: “TTIP is a deal which would give giant Monopolies supreme power. They would have more power than Governments! It’s anti-people. The line is drawn between Profit and People. People are dispensable. The Earth is dispensable.”

John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want said:“The more people learn about TTIP, the more outraged they become. TTIP is a threat to jobs, public services, food safety, environmental standards and our very democracy. War on Want is thrilled to be joining forces with 276 Lush stores right across Europe, in the fight against this toxic trade deal. Over 2.5 million European citizens have now signed a petition saying no to TTIP, and the coming months are crucial as negotiators try to rush through this dangerous deal that would put the rights of transnational corporations over and above the needs of people and the planet.

“The campaign against TTIP is one of the most vibrant movements we’ve seen for years and I am confident that together, alongsideLush and others, we can defeat it.”

For more on TTIP visit waronwant.org/ttip

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Stephanie Boyd, Lush 07715 055 005 stephanie@lush.co.uk

Ross Hemingway, War on Want 07983 550 728 rhemingway@waronwant.org

*What is TTIP?  TTIP will cost at least 1 million jobs according to official estimates, undermine our most treasured public services, lead to a ‘race to the bottom’ in food, environmental and labour standards and will give US companies special powers to sue any government in corporate courts for loss of profits.

TTIP is a deal that is designed by business, for business. It’s the world’s biggest corporations who governments secretly consulted about what they wanted TTIP to contain, and it’s the same corporations who lobby governments the hardest. Negotiators say that TTIP will set the standard for all future trade and investment rules across the world.This means that TTIP will enshrine the rights of transnational corporations over and above the needs of people and the planet.

**Dirty Deal showder £12.50  Let's wash our hands of dishonest dealings. TTIP that Dirty Deal down the plughole with a people power shower made of rose and bergamot essential oils, housed in a box designed by Vivienne Westwood and her Climate Revolution. Vegan.How to Use: Pour a little of this silky kaolin and coconut oil patent pending showder into your hands and lather up in the shower for a frothy, fizzing cleanse and very vibrant surprise. Showders and trade deals are not always what they might first seem…

For Lush shop details and Lush Online, please call 01202 668 545 or visit www.lush.com

Launch Event: Friday 18th September 18.30 – 19.30. Lush Oxford Street (175-179 Oxford Street, London) To kick off the campaign, Lush Oxford Street will host an open talk with John Hilary of War On Want and Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now to discuss this Dirty Deal our governments are signing us up to.

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