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Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop, Dies at 64

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Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop, Dies at 64

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Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop, Dies at 64

Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop, Dies at 64

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Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who used her international cosmetics chain to promote eco-friendly practices long before they were widely fashionable, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 64.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

One of the best things consumers can do to help the economy is shop. Our last word in business today is a remembrance of a woman who tried to make shopping a force for good. Anita Roddick founded the Body Shop. She was 64 when she died last night in England of a brain hemorrhage. Anita Roddick pioneered sustainable business practices long before they were popular. The Body Shop opposed animal testing. It bought directly from those who actually produced its ingredients. The company became a global phenomenon with stores in more than 50 countries.

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