Year 10 science students got the chance to make bath bombs and see how a high street store sources its products during a trip to Lush in Northampton. The company, which sells handmade toiletries made from ethically sourced ingredients, welcomed our students, gave them a talk on their ethos and then let them make their own bath bombs from natural products like bicarbonate of soda, citric acid and essential oils.
The students were accompanied by Miss Lincoln, Mrs Annable, Mr Wilkinson and Ms Tate who had arranged the trip. They were given a talk by Laura, the shop manager, and Lucy, another employee who had spent time at Lush’s factory.
Miss Lincoln said: ‘The students had already made bath bombs in class, so it was really interesting for them to hear about Lush’s suppliers, health and safety and quality control, both in the factory and in the shops, and to make a version under Lush’s supervision. They had the chance to ask lots of questions and look around at the products, comparing them to those that they had devised in class. Lush really go out of their way to source as many products as they can ethically and through fair trade. They go and check on their suppliers and it is amazing the lengths they go to to ensure that what they are giving you is the best product.’
She added: ‘The students really enjoyed themselves, they all came back really positive. It gave them a chance to see real science out in the real world in a setting not normally associated with the subject.'