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Anita Roddick -- The Body Shop
Dame Anita Roddick brought sustainability to mainstream beauty products.
Dame Anita Roddick brought sustainability to mainstream beauty products.
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(1942-2007)

In 1976, with her husband traveling extensively and two daughters at home to support, Anita Roddick began a beauty business that would become an ethics phenomenon: The Body Shop was one of the first mainstream enterprises to prominently feature concepts like sustainability, cruelty-free product testing and fair trade.

Roddick began with a tiny store in Brighton, England. Today, there are almost 2,000 Body Shops with 80 million customers speaking 25 different languages worldwide.

Dame Anita (she was knighted in 2003) and her husband sold the company to L'Oreal in 2006.

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