Cart (0)
Sign up for Off the Grid and get the latest Nau news and special offers. X
The Though Kitchen - Dedicated to Stirring the Pot

Anita, Oh Anita…

Picture 11.pngWhere do ideas begin? How does one inspiring idea or inspiring individual influence a series of additional ideas or people? I ask the question because I just received a phone call from a friend informing me that Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop and a major shit disturber (in the best sense of the term) just died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. I was utterly shocked and saddened to hear the news. But, Anita’s flame burned incredibly brightly. I knew and worked with her at The Body Shop. She had infectious enthusiasm and was absolutely relentless about wanting to change the world, in big, bold ways. She was a maverick thinker and doer; one of the first to demonstrate that business could actually be a force for positive change in the world. She will be remembered as a great activist, an impressive entrepreneur, a source of inspiration to women worldwide and as a person who wasn’t afraid to take a stand in the face of difficult looking odds. Her ideas and her inspiration live on. I can’t help but think, for example, that Nau wouldn’t exist if Anita hadn’t done the early pioneering work that she did. Thanks Anita. You will be missed but your spirit carries on. And Gordon, please know that I’m thinking of you, Justine and Sam.

5 Responses to “Anita, Oh Anita…”

  • September 11, 2007 at 1:58 pm | Barbara Sliter says

    I was inspired by Anita Roddick’s story. Her book “Body and Soul” encouraged me to think big and trust in myself. I am saddened by her leaving. Thanks for your personal tribute to her.

  • September 11, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Ian says


    I share your sadness. Its intersting that you mention Anita’s book Body & Soul beacuse my first meeting with Anita was during her book tour promoting the aforementioned book. I had justt started to work at The Body Shop. Anita was coming to Toronto on one of her tour stops. A week or so before her arrival I received a call from her assistant indicating that Anita wanted to meet me. So arrangemnents were made for me to pick her up, accompany her to her speaking engagement and then have dinner together afterwards. The memory is etched in my mind. I met her at the appointed hour. It was in the Park Plaze Hotel where she was staying. She pranced across the hotel lobby like a whirling dervish and proceeded to give me a huge hug, as if we had known one another forever. That was Anita. We then began an evening of non stop conversation, athough it was Anita who did most of the talking. From that point on I knew she was a force to be reckoned with.

  • September 12, 2007 at 4:45 pm | shaun says

    “The Queen Of Green” — Thank you for all you did and more importantly…what you will continue to do…forever and a day.

    Found this on her site. In her own words. She was a force of nature.


  • September 13, 2007 at 4:20 pm | Julie says

    I love what the message is here, about businesses that are there in business to make a change to the world we live in. Three Leaf Cards is much the same in thinking. Check out their climate change cards. One is very heart wrenching, and the other is a satrical approach to the “legend” of global warming. Fun cards and a fun way to encourage conscious consumerism. http://www.threeleafcards.com/desktopmodules/threeleaffree/Landing.aspx?pid=32&cp=0

  • November 16, 2007 at 12:05 am | Shamon says

    I don’t really agree with you about Anita Roddick. She might be a great entrepreneur and a good person. But the ways and means she had used to establish and grow the Body Shop were not entirely ethical. do you know that right from the name of ‘The Body Shop’ to the concept of reusing the containers and using natural products to make cosmetics was copied from a small shop in California,which Roddick had later acquired. And the after building the company on a so called green platform, why did she sell it to L’Oreal, which is not exactly famous for its sustainability practices?

Make a Comment