To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
The Cavender family has been in the automotive industry since 1939. The tradition continues at Cavender Buick GMC West, where staff members guide customers through showrooms and pre-owned lots that are filled with sedans and SUVs from GM and other models. A trained team is also on hand to service cars and provide parts replacements and preventative-maintenance services, such as oil changes and inspections.
Alamo Auto Glass has been serving the greater San Antonio area for over 15 years now, providing safe quality windshield Installations Monday through Saturday. We offer windshield repair & replacement. Power window repair, RV windshields, Heavy Equipment glass, and side view mirrors. Truck windshields. FREE mobile Service.
The technicians at Nile Auto Services keep vehicles of all makes and models at their showroom best with a host of detailing and maintenance services. With help from the Optima Steamer system, a meticulous detailing crew sterilizes rides inside and out with steam waxes and interior shampoos. In the garage, technicians peek under the hood and to inspect or steam clean engines, flush systems, or replace cylinders with Slinkys.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Originally run out of one pickup truck, Houston Auto Glass & Windshield Replacement has spent nearly two decades growing a fleet of mobile technicians big enough to serve customers throughout Dallas and Houston. The techs swap out windshields lacerated with cracks and replace them with shiny new units, allowing drivers to easily see when the road ahead is actually their neighbor's swimming pool. Urethane adhesives and quality sealant join a steadfast warranty to keep new panes in place. The glass gurus also repair rock chips and tackle other services such as painting and body repair.
The automated car washes at The Bubble Bath Carwash scrub vehicles to a sparkling sheen in less than three minutes, without leaving a big environmental impact. The drive-thru washes use only nontoxic and biodegradable soaps, and The Bubble Bath Carwash recycles nearly 80% of the water it uses. Customers who wash their cars here can use the vacuums for free to clean carpets, seats, and hitchhikers sitting in the back seat.