Now that you’ve rewilded your routine, you might be asking yourself what’s next? Here to lend a bit of inspiration are some of this year’s Lush Spring Prize winners.
Leave the world lusher
At Lush, we aim to leave the world lusher than we found it. We do this by making vegetarian, handmade and cruelty-free products made with carefully sourced ingredients that put people, animals and the planet first. Additionally, we donate funds to amazing organizations around the world working in human rights, animal protection or environmental justice through several giving streams like the Lush Spring Prize.
Lush Spring Prize
The Lush Spring Prize is a prize program that runs every two years, celebrating those who are regenerating the ecological and social systems around them. It’s one of two biennial prizes—the other being the Lush Prize which focuses on fighting animal testing. Both prizes run on opposite years and are coordinated in partnership with Ethical Consumer.
This year, seventeen outstanding organizations have been awarded a Lush Spring Prize. Their work spans the globe and shows us the uniqueness of regeneration when it’s contextualized with different people, places and cultures.
Meet the Regenerators of the 2023 Lush Spring Prize
Each of the organizations who are receiving a Lush Spring Prize are showcasing how to create meaningful, regenerative change in their communities and contexts. Going beyond sustainability by taking holistic approaches to building the health of ecology and social systems.
The work of these celebrated organizations spans the globe. From refugee-led permaculture food growing and mushroom production with Rwamwanja Rural Foundation in Uganda; to permaculture food forestry with marginalized farmers in India with Beejvan; to Mycorama in Greece, who are teaching mushroom growing as a way of bringing nutritious, meat-free food to communities in their area.
Now in its fifth cycle, the Lush Spring Prize has distributed over £1,000,000 to 69 regenerative organizations around the world.
“Regeneration is possibly the biggest technology that planet earth has given us in these 3.8 billion years” says Tomas de Lara from Cities CAN B and one of the judges on the Lush Spring Prize decision making panel this year.
The panel welcomes voices from different regenerative movements such as permaculture, agroecology, or biomimicry as well as a Lush staff member and customer judge.
Tomas explains, “through the understanding and deep listening of nature, we humans can evolve into a better civilization that is integrated with the flows of life.”
Silvana Nihua, president of prize recipient organization Organización Waorani de Pastaza (OWAP) in Ecuador, tells us that these regenerative ideologies are an intrinsic part of many Indigenous cultures. Protecting Indigenous rights and culture is an unquestionable step that policymakers need to take in order to create a thriving, lush world.
Silvana says, “the rescue of our ancestral knowledge and practices is crucial for the protection of our territories. It’s the same ancestral wisdom, transmitted from generation to generation for thousands of years, that teaches how to coexist with nature.”
Take the next step
Often, regeneration is about listening and learning from how healthy ecosystems work. And asking ourselves: How can we learn from nature and apply it to our own lives and communities?
Are you ready to take the next step and join the regeneration revolution? Ask yourself, is there anything that you could learn from these outstanding organizations and adapt it to your area?
Take part and learn more on www.springprize.org.