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In this episode of the podcast, edie’s senior reporter Matt Mace takes a tour of The Body Shop’s newly-opened innovation lab to discover how the cosmetics retailer is championing ethical sourcing practices while catering to consumer demand.

In order to ensure the £1m facility remains in one piece, The Body Shop’s director of corporate social responsibility Chris Davis and research and innovation director Gaetane David act as tour guides, answering questions about how the lab supports the firm’s ambitious CSR strategy.  

So, what aspect of the lab excites them the most? How can science enhance the credentials of ethically-sourced materials? And, crucially, how important is innovation to driving sustainable business? In this 20-minute episode, edie gets a unique, hands-on experience of the lab, and learns how raw materials are transformed into healthy, sustainable products.

January was edie’s innovation month of editorial content. Read all of edie’s innovation content here.


(Episode 01 – Live from edie Live)

(Episode 02 – Monkey dating and the ‘S’ word)

(Episode 03 – Sustainability skills special)

(Episode 04 – Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer)

(Episode 05 – IN or OUT of the European Union?)

(Episode 06 – Supply chain challenges and Shell’s Eco-marathon)

(Episode 07 – How to win the war on waste coffee cups)

(Epidode 08 – Sustainability without the fluff)

(Episode 09 – Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants)

(Episode 10 – Back to CSR school)

(Episode 11 – (Parts 1&2) – Circular economy dreams and responsible retail)

(Episode 12 – From green apprentice to sustainability leader)

(Episode 13 – Britain’s great green policy progressives)

(Episode 14 – The past, present and future of green buildings)

(Episode 15 – Fresh from Marrakesh)

(Episode 16 – Sharing cars and driving green innovation)

(Episode 17 – A New Year’s Revolution for the green economy)

(Episode 18 – Raising a glass to our sustainability leaders)

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Matt Mace & Luke Nicholls

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