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Eco-Soap BankBy Eco-Soap Bank
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Eco-Soap BankBy Eco-Soap Bank
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$37,330
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
222
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, June 1 2019 8:00 AM UTC +00:00.

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Project EcoSoap is soap for the truly eco-friendly and socially conscious. It's soap on a mission.

Every bar is made from 100% recycled soap, handcrafted by women in developing countries, scented with exotic essential oils, and shipped with zero-waste packaging.

And for every bar we sell, we're able to donate a hundred bars to children and families in need.

Millions of bars of soap are thrown away from hotels around the world every day. That's tons of soap heading to landfills.

Meanwhile, children suffer from deadly diseases that could've been prevented if they'd simply had access to soap.

Project EcoSoap is a bold new way to enable anyone to help solve both problems just by washing their hands.

For every bar we sell—we're able to donate a hundred bars to children and families in need.
For every bar we sell—we're able to donate a hundred bars to children and families in need.

Project EcoSoap is an initiative of Eco-Soap Bank, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We've been carrying out our mission to save, sanitize, and supply recycled soap from hotels in developing countries to schools, hospitals, and village communities since 2015.

We employ economically disadvantaged women to collect tons of gently used soap from hotels. We run all that soap through a three-stage, lab-certified sanitization process. All of our production lines regularly undergo rigorous inspections by government standards boards. The result is ultra-clean—so clean you could eat it, if it weren't soap :)

We've already prevented hundreds of tons of soap from heading to landfills, employing 147 women in 10 countries to provide more than 1.1 million people with clean, lifesaving soap.

And now we're thinking bigger. 

We'll use 100% of the funds we raise through this campaign to implement brand new production lines devoted to manufacturing our Project EcoSoap prototypes at scale. This includes:

  • Hiring 45 more economically disadvantaged women as soapmakers, providing them with steady, fair-wage employment.
  • Purchasing specialized soap finishing equipment to maintain a high standard of quality at a fast rate of production.

We have virtually no net costs associated with soap collection, and we're able to keep other costs low by utilizing much of our existing infrastructure.

After the campaign, we'll provide frequent updates on our progress. We pledge to be as transparent as possible about how your support is getting put to use.

We intend to ship in time for the 2019 holiday season.

Timeline:

  •  Campaign run: May 2019
  •  Initial hiring, purchasing, installation, and training: June–July 2019
  •  Product alpha testing: July–August 2019
  •  Product beta testing: August–September 2019
  •  Product delivery: November 2019

We've consulted with Fortune 500 companies, soapmakers, and chemists to craft the perfect bar of recycled soap with high-quality, culturally significant ingredients.

In fact, we're naming each Project EcoSoap variety after a country we work in

These are long-lasting bars with long-lasting scents—for a clean like no other. 

Support Project EcoSoap—and take global hygiene into your own hands.

Risks and challenges

One of the greatest challenges we face is keeping our distribution as environmentally (and financially) sustainable as possible. Eco-Soap Bank has worked abroad since 2015 and has engaged in a fair amount of international shipping. However, since we've never produced a consumer-oriented product, we don't have extensive experience with last-mile distribution. We're currently working to tackle this challenge with a small team of logistics consultants—and we'll be sure to provide updates on our progress.

Another challenge we've faced so far is ensuring that the right kinds of soap are available in the right places, in the right quantities, at the right times. Given that our soap collections from hotels can yield variable amounts, this was originally the primary challenge we had to overcome. Since then, we've been able to solve this problem largely thanks to a more mature and established network of steady partnerships with hotels. Our soap supplies still vary, but we now have many options to make our recycling formula work. Nonetheless, we'll have to continue to monitor our supplies to ensure that production remains smoothly on track.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

We went through hundreds of iterations to ensure that Project EcoSoap bars are as long-lasting as possible—reducing the need to buy more, and making the most out of an already recycled resource.

Reusability and recyclability

Not only are both the soap and the packaging already upcycled, but we're working to use readily reusable and recyclable packaging elements.

Sustainable materials

We're proud to say Project EcoSoap is 100% zero-waste—from production to use. We take an existing product destined for landfills and utilize it in true upcycling fashion. Further, we're using upcycled hotel linens and packaging (for this campaign, we're using limited-edition tea towels!).

Environmentally friendly factories

We already operate 16 soap recycling branches in 10 countries, and they all use environmentally friendly practices. Our recycling methods don't rely on heat, and our employees use self-propelled vehicles or small vehicles fueled by biodiesel for collections. Often out of necessity, our workshops even keep power usage to a minimum.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Sustainable distribution is a major priority for us, and one of our current challenges. We're working with a small team of consultants to ensure that our shipping footprint remains as small as possible—and we'll be transparent about our efforts to do so.

Something else

Project EcoSoap bars are themselves made from 100% recycled soap! We're proud to be giving new life to a product that otherwise would have ended up in landfills—the ultimate eco-action.

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    Honor Wall

    You deserve recognition! We'll put your name (keeping your pledge amount secret) on a mural we commission in our flagship workshop to remind everyone of the people who supported Project EcoSoap first. We'll be sure to film and share.

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    Buy One, Give 100

    Take global hygiene into your own hands with the world’s most responsible soap!

    Get a Project EcoSoap bar in your choice of variety—and give 100 bars to children in need.

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    Kickstarter Special: 3-Pack

    Take global hygiene into your own hands with the world's most responsible soap.

    Receive a Project EcoSoap variety 3-pack, featuring one each of our flagship scents at a special Kickstarter discount.

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    Project EcoSoap 6-pack

    Get a 6-pack of the world's most responsible soap! Enjoy a bulk discount in addition to our Kickstarter special. Available in your choice of variety.

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    Project EcoSoap 9-pack + T-Shirt

    Show off your support by sporting a sweet Project EcoSoap T-shirt in addition to a 9-pack of the world's most responsible soap! The shirt comes in your choice of size, from XS–XXL. The bars come in your choice of variety.

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    Holiday 20-Pack

    Added by popular demand!

    Give the gift of soap to 20 friends and family members—and let them know you've also given a hundred bars to children on their behalf! Project EcoSoap bars are the perfect stocking stuffer or office party gift. Sure to start a conversation!

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    Skype Call With Samir

    Chat one-on-one with Samir Lakhani, Eco-Soap Bank's founder and Executive Director! Pick his brain about social entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, or squash (the sport, not the gourd).

    Also get a 9-pack of the world's most responsible soap, along with a Project EcoSoap T-shirt to show off your support! T-shirt available in sizes XS–XXL, and soap bars available in your choice of variety.

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    Office Party 50-Pack

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    Give the gift of soap to 50 friends, coworkers, and family members—and let them know you've also given a hundred bars to children on their behalf! Project EcoSoap bars are the perfect stocking stuffer or office party gift. Sure to start a conversation!

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    Adopt a School

    Eco-Soap Bank provides thousands of schools in the developing world with recycled soap and hygiene education. We'll associate one of these schools with your name and let them know you helped make Project EcoSoap a reality.

    Also includes a 9-pack of the world's most responsible soap, a Skype call with Samir, and a Project EcoSoap T-shirt! T-shirt available in sizes XS—XXL, and soap available in your choice of variety.

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    Adopt a Soap Press

    Eco-Soap Bank uses manual soap presses to mold the soap we donate abroad. We'll name one of these soap presses after you, immortalizing your contribution on a plaque, and send you a photo of your soap press in action.

    Also includes a 9-pack of the world's most responsible soap, a Skype call with Samir, and a Project EcoSoap T-shirt! T-shirt available in sizes XS—XXL, and soap available in your choice of variety.

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    Adopt an Eco-Soap Bank Branch

    Eco-Soap Bank currently operates 16 branches in 10 developing countries. We'll name one of our soap recycling workshops after you, hang a plaque on the wall with your name and photo, and send you personalized video updates on the branch's work and impact.

    Also includes a 9-pack of the world's most responsible soap, a Skype call with Samir, and a Project EcoSoap T-shirt. T-shirt available in sizes XS—XXL, and soap available in your choice of variety.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Project EcoSoap 3-Pack

    The earliest of our early supporters enjoy a 33% discount off the expected retail price!

    Receive a Project EcoSoap variety 3-pack, featuring one each of our flagship scents.

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    EARLY BIRD: Project EcoSoap 3-Pack

    Receive a Project EcoSoap variety 3-pack, featuring one each of our flagship scents—at a 22% discount off the expected retail price!

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