1. What is the Bio-Bridge Programme?
The Body Shop aims to rebuild 75 million square metres of rainforest worldwide by 2020, and to protect it from exploitation and unsustainable harvesting. A Bio-Bridge reconnects healthy rainforests separated by barren corridors, linking isolated and endangered animals and allowing them to breed and thrive.
2. Only 300 Malayan tigers are left
Their population has declined from roughly 300 in the 1950s to 250-340 in 2013. This critically endangered species is threatened by logging, human settlement, agriculture and poaching. To protect them we have to regenerate their habitat and curb demand – sadly, their flesh and organs are still welcome in Asian markets for use as alternative medicine and as a sign of wealth.
3. The Endau Rompin Landscape is crucial
Situated in Johor, it’s among the world’s oldest tropical rainforests and home to endangered local wildlife such as the Malayan tiger and Asian elephant. In conjunction with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia and local communities, The Body Shop has named it a Bio-Bridges project location, and product sales will go towards preventing habitat fragmentation and improving anti-poaching patrols.
4. Save 1 square metre with every gift you buy
That’s right, purchasing one Christmas gift set or product from The Body Shop is equivalent to protecting 1 square metre of rainforest and helps the brand sustain their commitment to “Enrich Not Exploit.”
5. Kick The Bag campaign
This initiative goes beyond Christmas: The Body Shop Malaysia will be funding WCS over the next five years to support Bio-Bridges via the Kick The Bag Campaign. RM0.50 is collected and donated for every paper bag taken with a purchase; but if a bag is declined, The Body Shop will also donate RM0.50. It’s a win-win plan to sustain conservation efforts and restore the Bio-Bridge in Endau Rompin to protect our Malayan tigers and other endangered wildlife.