Why a room full of soap brought me to tears.
In November 2017, we filled our biggest order to date. We worked hard, long days to get 1500+ soap bars (amongst other products) mixed, poured, cut, cured, packaged, sorted, box and shipped to our biggest stockist around Australia in time for the chaos that is Christmas retail.
We were so tired but so thrilled and proud of our little, 3 year old company. We were so excited to see our carefully crafted soap bars ship out to stores all across Australia. We were privileged enough to have supportive, loving friends and family to lend a hand with packing, and stocktake and much more.
From our earliest days, we knew we wanted to give back to our brothers and sisters around the world in someway. We wanted to do more than solely sell products that help women feel beautiful and cared for. And so I researched and researched for a long time to find the perfect charity to partner with. The problem was that I realised I am passionate about many causes it seems. So many great causes to partner with! Who do I pick?! An environmental charity? Donate to help victims of domestic violence? Help save an endangered animal?
After 3 years of searching and running through many ideas, we came across Soap Aid. An Aussie run, non-profit organisation that recycles discarded and used hotel soap bars to create brand new soap bars and donated them to children and families in need across Australia and around the globe.
Did you know that over 2 billion people across the world lack adequate sanitation causing the spread of infectious diseases and hygiene-related deaths? Globally, diarrhoea and pneumonia are among the leading causes of childhood deaths. Nearly as many children die from these two diseases as from AIDS, malaria, measles, meningitis and tetanus combined. Tragically, 1.4 million children under the age of five die each year due to preventable childhood infectious diseases.
That's almost 4000 children each day. While I sat at my desk reading these statistics it dawned on me that while so many children die because they can't wash with soap, I had 700 soap bars sitting in a room to my left. While tears streamed down my face, I realised this is what I wanted to help with. My tears of sorrow soon became tears of joy.
This brings us to our big news for 2018!
We are officially partnering with Soap Aid to help distribute soap bars and hygiene education to those in need. Our product prices are being altered slightly to now include GST and more importantly to help with Soap Aid's mission.
With every soap bar (or other vee. p product) purchased, a soap bar will be donated to a child in need around Australia and across the world.
While we are so excited to launch this ASAP, we don't have an official launch date yet. (Still working out some finer details). We just wanted to tell you because we can't keep it in any longer!
If you would like to read more about the work of Soap Aid or to donate to a worthy cause please do so here.
Much love & kindness,