In 2014 Karen founded Toiletries Amnesty – a charitable organisation working to end hygiene poverty and beauty industry waste, supporting hundreds of thousands of people every year across the UK and beyond, whilst diverting thousands of tonnes of toiletries from landfill.

The Toiletries Amnesty team is dedicated to building a better future for everyone, not just those living in hygiene poverty, but for society as a whole, and for the environment. As the first organisation in the UK to tackle hygiene poverty, and the only directory that allows people to see exactly where their donations are making an impact in their community, the organisation works together with brand partners and community members to deliver an efficient and dynamic service, supporting homeless shelters and hostels, women and children’s refuges, mental health services, children and families centres, food banks, refugee support groups, NHS Trust services, schools and colleges, prison services, community groups, and other good causes. 

In 2018 Karen received the Global X Foundation Award for Innovation for Toiletries Amnesty, and in 2020 was announced as a finalist in the NHB Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2021 Toiletries Amnesty partnered with Feelunique, Europe’s leading online premium beauty retailer. Read the article ‘5 Minutes with Karen Harvey’ here.

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