Product of the Week: More Than “Just” Soap

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The cleansing products from So…Soap don’t just break down dirt and oil in your pores, but also break down the barriers to employment that many poor women in Hong Kong face. While there are a lot sustainable products out there that meet one or two social, political or environmental concerns (e.g., PETA-endorsed Method), this is the first soap I’ve seen that takes nearly everything into account. And I mean everything!

  1. Communities: The manufacturer uses a community-based production scheme that recruits local women. The women are given a way to provide for their families while working flexible hours close to home. When you buy a bottle of So…Soap, your individual label will tell you what specific community helped to produce your product!
  2. Ingredients: Every product is hand-made from completely natural, veganĀ  ingredients. You won’t find sodium laurel sulfate or any of the other common ingredients typically found in most hair and skin products.
  3. Packaging: Each So…Soap product comes in a cute bottle. What consumers may not know is that the manufacturer paired up with two local organic soy milk producers to obtain used soy milk containers that are disinfected and reused as soap containers.

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In 2010, Laura Wong traded in her potato chips for kale chips and hasn't looked back. Laura's hope is to inspire people to find more energy, more health and more life through their daily dietary practices.

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