Aveda

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Aveda Corporation is a company headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine, Minnesota, that manufactures skin care, cosmetics, perfume, hair care products, and trains students in cosmetology and esthiology at the Aveda Institutes in Minneapolis, New York City, Washington, DC, Vancouver, Calgary, Orlando, Toronto and many other cities.

History[edit]

Aveda (pronounced ah-vay-da) was founded by Horst Rechelbacher in 1978. In 1970, Horst, on a trip to India, was introduced to the science of Ayurveda (the traditional holistic system of medicine and surgery from India), and suddenly his vision for his company (thus the name Aveda) was born. Horst formulated the first product, a clove shampoo, in his kitchen sink.[1] Today Aveda is part of Estée Lauder Companies Inc., based in New York. Rechelbacher sold Aveda to Estée Lauder in 1997 for $300 million,[2] although Aveda continues to be run as a separate entity. In 2004, Aveda was awarded the prestigious Corporate Achievement Award at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.[3] Aveda was one of the first beauty companies to endorse a set of principles designed to encourage greater environmental responsibility in business, known as The Ceres Principles. According to the company's website, "Aveda" is Sanskrit for "all knowledge".

Business[edit]

Aveda sells products ranging from skin care to hair care which are as organic as possible. Aveda also maintains a variety of partnerships with salons and spas that use their products. Many of these locations also offer treatments certified by Aveda. Aveda offers training to employees of its affiliated salons and spas. They also run many institutes for cosmetology education.

Aveda has an on-going partnership with the Yawanawa Tribe of the Brazilian Amazon. This tribe uses a red seed called "uruku", derived from the Urukum Palm, to paint their bodies for different rituals. This partnership has helped to sustain the Yawanawa Tribe while helping to bring attention to the plight of their disappearing rainforest home.

In 1995, Aveda partnered with a community collective that the babassu nut breakers of the Brazilian Amazon had formed to obtain certified organic babassu for use in the creation of a foaming cleansing element known as "babassu betaine". Aveda has financed the construction of and training for a babassu processing facility, a soap-making facility and a paper press for processing babassu fibers. Aveda does not test their products on animals, but rather on willing human participants.

Controversy[edit]

In 2009 Aveda (as a subsidiary of Estée Lauder Companies Inc.), was included by the Palestinian rights organization, the BDS Campaign, as one of the "Top Ten Brands to Boycott This Christmas". The reason the Estee Lauder Company and its brands were singled out was because, "This company’s chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund..." [4]

In 2011 Aveda was slammed at Park City, Utah during the Evolution of Women in Social Media conference, also known as evo'11, for announcing their no payment policy for bloggers reviewing their products.[5]

Aveda is also accused of operating without paying a single cent of royalty to the Indian Ayurveda by various research scholars. It is claimed to be one of the biggest breaches of Intellectual Property of the Indians.[6][7]

Environment[edit]

Aveda set an industry precedent by introducing an aerosol hairspray that has a net-zero impact on the Earth's climate and an award-winning low 35% VOC formula. Through a partnership with NativeEnergy, an organization that supports and builds renewable energy products, Aveda has helped fund wind turbines. Aveda claims that it purchases enough wind energy to power its primary manufacturing facility.[8] The company "sends sustainability surveys to publications to help decide where to place its ads".[9]

Aveda is partnered with schools across the country to recycle bottle caps.[10]

Aveda also uses non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning products, supplied by Eco Concepts, at their corporate headquarters in Minnesota.

Aveda is the first beauty company in the world with 100% post-consumer bottles and caps, as well as the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% wind-generated power.[11]

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