Dr. Bronner’s is the world’s best soap! Read all about it! »
I can’t remember the first time I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. Maybe in college, around the first time I went vegan. I just remember loving it—and when I discovered the lavender scent? Sold for life.
Over at Inc.com, Tom Foster wrote a great in-depth profile of the company, and guess what: It’s exactly the combination hippie-activist independent eco-friendly company you imagined it to be the first time you giggled at the label. A few highlights:
- They soap contains 100 percent organic ingredients.
- They’re so serious about Fair Trade they bought farms to grow their ingredients according to Fair Trade standards—coconut oil in Sri Lanka, palm oil in Ghana, peppermint oil in India, and “a partnership that combines olive oils from farmers in the West Bank and Israel, and has become a symbol of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.”
- They led the hemp industry to sue the federal government in 2001 in protest of the Bush policy of “seizing shipments of hemp seed and hemp oil at the Canadian border”—and won.
- They pay all their workers everywhere a living wage, and all the big corporate salaries are capped.
- They plan on staying independent forever.
Go read the entire article RIGHT NOW, it is three pages of you in happy shock because companies can be this amazing and turn a big profit. There is good in the world, you guys, and it starts with soap.
[photo by Max Edmands via Flickr]
Freshen your soul with vegan soap that gives back »
What’s better than a nice, wholesome, sweet-smelling bar of organic vegan soap? A nice bar of soap that’ll help a child in a faraway land not die of cholera or other stupid, preventable diseases, that’s what.
“But how do I give soap to foreign children?” you may ask. “I choose destinations with good sanitation, I avoid sick kids, and I have no room in my fancy duffel bag for extra soap. Heck, I barely carry my own.” Rest easy, friend. Jack’s Soap has got you covered.
Here’s the deal: Jack’s will sell YOU fancy vegan soap. Choose citrus, mint, or lavender. The bars are hefty, generous, and smell great. (They sent me a sample of each, and my bathroom is way classier now. My fav is probably the mint, pictured above, but they’re all lovely.)
Meanwhile, for every bar you buy, Jack’s works with nonprofits Children of the Nations and Global Handwashing Day to get a bar to a child in need. My favorite part? Instead of shipping froofy fancy soap from the U.S., Jack’s manufactures the donation soap in the country where it’s gonna be donated, thus avoiding extra shipping and helping the local economy. Right now they’re working in Ethiopia, with Haiti on the horizon.
What if everything you bought magically sent a version of itself to someone in need? It’d be like TOMS meets “The Sorcerers’ Apprentice”! Crazy! I’d totally think harder about what I bought. Example: I want a new blender. Does a child in Haiti need a new blender? Hmm, maybe I should buy lentils instead. Bam! I’m a better person.
I also think this soap would make a stellar Easter present. Hint, hint.