Lush Spring Prize 2019 Open for Applications


£200,000 will be awarded for the third year to projects working towards environmental and social regeneration around the world.

23rd September 2018: Lush and Ethical Consumer Research Association launch the Third year of the Lush Spring Prize at the Lush Showcase in Manchester with a panel of previous winners sharing their stories. The annual £200,000 prize fund aims to support projects around the world working towards environmental and social regeneration.

The Lush Spring Prize awards and celebrates projects that are increasing the capacity of communities and societies to thrive in harmony with nature and each other, building healthy and resilient ecosystems and livelihoods.

Photo of the 2018 Prize winners

The 2019 Spring Prize will award prizes in the following four categories:

  • Intentional projects (£10,000)... to four great ideas in the early stages.
  • Young projects (£20,000)... to three projects 1-5 years old seeking to grow.
  • Established projects (£25,000)... to two beacons demonstrating success and withstanding the test of time.
  • Influence award (£25,000)... to two campaigns influencing policy or public opinion in support of regeneration.

11 prizes were awarded in both 2018 and 2017 across these four categories.  Winning and shortlisted project profiles are available at here. Videos about the 2017 and 2018 Spring Prize winners are also available here.

Application forms for the 2019 Spring Prize are available to download from the Lush Spring Prize website and entries close at 10.00 GMT 9th November 2018. A shortlist will be created in January 2019 and a diverse panel of judges will meet to decide on the 11 winners. Prizes will be announced during a multi-day celebration and skill-share event in May 2019.  

Each year, the Spring Prize team also invite a Lush customer to be a judge on the Spring Prize judging panel - they can apply here. Prospective judges must be able to speak and read English. Applications for judges are open until the 12th October 2018, and judges will be chosen in late October.

Interested press will have the opportunity to discover the winners ahead of the public announcement, to find out more about their stories, and to meet them for interviews.

Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world.

Notes to Editors:

The Lush Spring Prize is a partnership between Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer, to raise the profile of regeneration and its potential to move livelihoods and economies beyond 'sustainability'.

In the 1990's, sustainability became a buzzword. A lot of amazing work has been done to develop systems that meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But the word ‘sustainable’ has been used a lot to describe situations which prolong ‘business as usual’ and maintain inequalities. Many environments and societies are still degraded, and need more than sustaining - they need regenerating.

Further information about regeneration and the Spring Prize can be found at and application forms can also be downloaded from the website.

This year the Lush Spring website contains information in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Arabic, as well as introductions in Chinese and Korean.

Nominations opened on 23rd September and will close on 9th November  at 10.00 GMT. 

For interview and content opportunities: Please contact or call 020 7434 3948.

To join the conversation on social media: follow @LushSpringPrize and #LushSpringPrize.

About Ethical Consumer: Ethical Consumer Research Association is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder cooperative specialising in research and consultancy work around environmental, animal welfare and social rights issues.

About Lush: Lush is a campaigning inventor, manufacturer and retailer of fresh handmade cosmetics with shops in 48 countries. Lush operates a thoroughly comprehensive Ethical Buying department, developing environmental principles and direct trade initiatives.

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