A Carbon Neutral Company
Louise Galvin is committed to The Carbon Neutral Company and its CarbonNeutral programme which aims to neutralise (or offset) the contributions made by businesses and individuals to global warming. Louise took the unprecedented step of being the first beauty company to offset their carbon emissions and strive to reduce the company's carbon footprint.
Global warming is caused by the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - this acts like a huge duvet, trapping heat from the sun and slowly raising the temperature of the Earth's climate. Climate change is a clear and present threat to economic, environmental and social stability.
Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the main causes of global warning and we all produce carbon dioxide in almost everything we do - from driving a car to travelling in a plane to boiling a kettle.
The Carbon Neutral Company helps individuals and businesses to calculate how much carbon dioxide they produce, provides them with straightforward ways of eliminating or reducing their emissions and options for neutralising emissions which cannot be reduced. These options include carefully selected forestry projects which plant indigenous trees in long-term natural woodland (trees help fight global warming by naturally absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen) and opportunities to invest in climate-friendly technology which help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Other Carbon Neutral Co clients include Avis Europe, Barclays Bank, MTV, Dido, Coldplay, Feeder, Pink Floyd and many other musicians and bands who have taken their tours and CDs CarbonNeutral.
HAIRaising for Great Ormond Street Hospital
HAIRraising was founded in 2010 by John Frieda, and co-founded by Louise, her father and a few other celebrity hairdressers. The aim was to raise £1 million towards the new operating theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
By 2012, HAIRraising reached its first milestone of £1 million to build new operating theatres, allowing the surgical teams to carry out the very latest procedures. GOSH recognise that going into hospital for surgery is one of the most traumatic experiences a child can face and do everything they can to minimise their distress. To ensure that their needs are met, the neurosciences clinical team were closely involved in the design of the new theatres. Read about Louise's first-hand experience with GOSH here and find out why this charity is so close to her heart.
Lessons For Life Foundation
Louise and her husband Charlie are huge supporters of the Lessons For Life Foundation, which allows vulnerable children and orphans to have a quality education.
"Created in 2007, the Lessons for Life Foundation (formerly known as The Chello Foundation) aims to improve the prospects of vulnerable children - including those orphaned and affected by HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa - by enabling them to access quality education at primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary level."
The initiative, founded by a dear friend of Louise and Charlie, now contributes nearly £2.5 million per annum to this important cause. In June 2014, Charlie took part in The Big Ride for Africa - a cycling challenge from London to Amsterdam - in order to raise funds for this cause. Click here for more information and to make a donation.
Patrons of The TATE
Louise has a passion for the arts and has chosen to support The Tate Gallery. Click here to learn more about supporting The Tate Gallery.
"Tate Members and Patrons play a vital role in supporting Tate’s mission to champion art and open the experience and enjoyment of art to as many people as possible. The support of Members and Patrons help Tate to acquire important works of art for the collection, run diverse and ambitious learning, outreach and exhibition programmes and enable art to be enjoyed in our galleries, online and at partner organisations across the UK."
Supporter of the Donmar Warehouse
Over the past 20 years, the Donmar has grown to be one of the most popular theatres in the world, attracting world renowned actors and directors to its stage and in 2015 Louise and her husband Charlie have chosen to support this project. Click here to learn more about supporting the Donmar Warehouse.
"The Donmar Warehouse is a subsidised theatre located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. Over the past 23 years it has built a reputation for artistic excellence as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. The Donmar works with the industry’s finest creative artists to present an unparalleled programme of award-winning theatre; it has presented some of London’s most memorable theatrical experiences, garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. Since 1992 Donmar productions have received 43 Laurence Olivier Awards, 26 Critics’ Circle Awards and 28 Evening Standard Awards, as well as 20 Tony Awards for ten Broadway productions."