NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Body Shop(R), the original specialty skin and hair care retailer, has long been known for offering holiday gifts to pamper and please everyone on your list. This year the company goes farther, offering the adventure of a lifetime -- a cultural discovery and "Look Behind the Label" trip to Nepal with The Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick. On Saturday, February 28, trip participants arrive in Kathmandu, the exotic capital city of Nepal, and find deluxe, four-star hotel accommodations awaiting them at the Hotel Sherpa. From there, adventurers will discover ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, experience exquisite mountain sunrises, country boating and rafting excursions, bird-watching walks and hillside hikes, and an extraordinary, unforgettable elephant-back safari. A highlight of this cultural discovery adventure is a tour of General Paper Industries (GPI), a local paper-making factory and schooling project, led by Anita Roddick. Workers at GPI create traditional, hand-made paper products from raw materials such as cotton rag waste and waste paper. Ms. Roddick has been a champion of GPI since 1988 when they worked together to develop a range of exclusive products to be featured in The Body Shop stores around the world. The Body Shop developed its partnership with GPI as part of its program for Trading with Communities in Need. Since the beginning of its relationship with The Body Shop, the number of employees at GPI has increased from about 20 to over a hundred. Employees at GPI receive a variety of staff benefits, many of them unique for workers in Nepal, including life insurance, health assistance, free lunches and loans for education and other income generating activities. Also, unlike many factories in Nepal, both men and women who work at GPI receive identical wages. "The Body Shop dedicates its business to the pursuit of social and environmental change," says Roddick. "That's not just the opening to our Mission Statement, it is a way of life for us. I feel privileged and delighted to share not only the beauty and wonders of Nepal with my fellow travelers, but to demonstrate some of the small-scale, life-enhancing differences ordinary people can achieve when they actively seek alternatives to the conventional ways of doing business." This unforgettable cultural discovery vacation includes all meals and eight nights hotel accommodation, and costs $2,000 (not including airfare to and from Nepal). The trip is limited to a maximum of 30 participants, and reservations must be made by December 31, 1997. To reserve your space on this exciting adventure, call 1-800-BODYSHOP. The Body Shop is an international manufacturer and retailer of innovative, high quality skin, hair care and color cosmetic products, operating more than 1,500 stores in 47 countries, including nearly 300 in the USA.
SOURCE The Body Shop