Aveda Canada to Raise Over $500,000 for Earth Month in April 2015

Aveda launches its global Earth Month initiatives on April 1st to engage guests in interactive events and gifts that give back to raise funds for the Global Greengrants Fund and local charities. Aveda Canada extends its 9-year relationship supporting WaterAid Canada, an international development organization with a mission to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. Through the sale of its limited edition Light the Way candle, national Walk for Water, and global Cut-A-Thon events, Aveda Canada aims to raise $575,000, contributing to the over $6 million raised by the global network each year.

“Water and sanitation underpin health, education and livelihood, yet millions of people live without these basic human rights,” says Ray Civello, President of Aveda Canada. “As of 2014, we have raised over $2.8 million through our national fundraising efforts, candle sales and special events. Behind this number lies the stories of how lives have been touched in some of the world’s poorest countries, all because of our commitment to this cause.”

Lighting a Brighter Future

Each year, Aveda creates a limited edition candle to support Earth Month with 100% of the purchase price donated to Global Greengrants Fund for clean water projects around the world. The 2015 Light the Way candle is made with 100% certified organic essential oils, including certified organic vanilla, cinnamon, and ylang ylang from Madagascar, and housed in a carton designed by local children living in Mankara, Madagascar who benefit from Earth Month funded water projects.
Aveda Light The Way Candle
By the numbers:

  • 1 candle purchased provides 1 year’s worth of drinking water for someone living in Madagascar
  • Raised more than $9 million for more than 1,300 grants in 78 countries
  • Protected more than 920 watersheds
  • Supported more than 28,000 women working for clean water
  • Impacted more than 739,000 lives

Earth Day & Beyond

Over the last 9 years, Aveda Canada has raised funds for WaterAid through its Walk for Water and Cut-A-Thon events. The Guinness World Record breaking Cut-A-Thon will take place globally at Aveda salons on April 13, 2015. Aveda’s network of salons come together to raise funds through services. Continuing celebrations, Aveda Canada will host its annual Walk for Water on Earth Day, April 22, 2015 with walks taking place in 15 cities across Canada.


Aveda Light the Way Candles are $15 CAD and will be available starting March 29, 2015 in Aveda salons, spas and experience centres. Please visit aveda.ca/locator for locations or more information.

About Aveda

Founded in 1978 in Minneapolis, MN, Aveda creates high performance, plant-based products for beauty professionals and consumers. Aveda innovates in botanical technologies, combining the principles of modern science and Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India, to develop performance-driven hair, skin and body products—made with pure flower and plant essences—that are created with respect for the Earth, and a comprehensive menu of ritual-based treatments for holistic beauty.

Throughout the years, Aveda has pioneered new benchmarks of environmental responsibility in beauty. It was the first company to sign the Ceres Principles in 1989 – a nonprofit organization mobilizing business leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges – and the first beauty company to manufacture with 100 percent wind power in its primary facility1. Aveda was also the first beauty company to receive a Cradle To Cradle charter for its commitment to sustainable products, packaging and production. In 2013, Aveda was honored with the first Legacy Leaders Award from Cradle to Cradle for its pioneering role in environmental leadership. Currently 11 products are Cradle To Cradle Certified™. Since 1999, Aveda’s annual Earth Month campaign, held each April, has raised more than $38 million to support environmental projects around the world.

Aveda is trusted by salon and spa professionals worldwide. Since 2007, more than half of the fastest growing salons in the U.S. have been part of the Aveda network2. Aveda products are available in Aveda Experience Centers and more than 8,000 professional hair salons and spas in more than 30 countries and at aveda.ca/locator. Go behind-the-scenes at Aveda on the blog at livingaveda.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AvedaCanada and on Facebook.com/Aveda.

About Global Greengrants

Global Greengrants envisions a world in which all people live with dignity and in harmony with the environment. Every day, the organization creates opportunities to invest in communities around the globe to protect our planet, restore places and ways of life that have been harmed, and transform ways of thinking for a sustainable future. greengrants.org

About WaterAid

WaterAid is a global charitable organization committed to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water and basic sanitation services. Through local partners we set-up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects that meet the specific needs of local people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached over 21 million people. The incredible generosity of our supporters, like AVEDA Canada, is behind everything we do. wateraidcanada.com

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