The U.K.-based Lush cosmetics company will accept nominations until July 15, 2013, for its second annual £250,000 ($376,000) “Black Box” prize that rewards individuals working in the fields of cruelty-free scientific research, awarenessraising and lobbying for their efforts to end animal testing.
A collaboration between Lush and the U.K.-based, non-profit research and consulting firm Ethical Consumer, this year’s prize aims to inspire an international focus on toxicity testing of cosmetic products and ingredients in a manner that “complements the many projects already addressing the use of animals in medical testing.”
Lush plans to offer the prize every year until all animal testing of cosmetics has been eliminated. The prize will be awarded either as a lump sum for a major breakthrough or distributed across five categories (science, training, lobbying, public awareness, and young researcher) at an annual awards ceremony each November. See Lush.com.