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Sustainability

At Soap Folk, we create beautiful handmade products, designed to be used and loved. We always aim to work in the best interests of people and the planet, inspired by our core values of creativity and kindness

Our Values

  • Use certified organic ingredients in our skincare products wherever possible
  • Work only with natural, biodegradable ingredients
  • Avoid all use of Palm oil and its derivatives
  • Make our soaps by hand, using a traditional cold process technique in our Stroud based workshop
  • Collaborate with skilled artisan makers and producers
  • Follow the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle across the product lifecycle
  • Listen to our customers. to make it easy for them to talk to us, give feedback and champion the values which matter to them

Highlights from 2020

Here's some recent things we've done to improve our sustainability

Waste Hero

We reduced waste in the Soapery by turning off-cuts into customer favourite, "All Kinds" soap selection

Collaboration

From working with acclaimed potter, Tom Knowles Jackson on a series of soap dishes, to the sustainable florist Amberley Meadow providing seasonal interest for our shop dresser.

Community

More options for safe deliveries for our local community, including a click and collect direct from the workshop to free deliveries to local residents during lockdown.

Plastic

We made a series of plastic-free swaps in the workshop and were awarded plastic free champion status from Stroud District Action on Plasticon behalf of Surfers Against Sewage

What we want to do in 2021

More Local Ingredients

Source more local natural ingredients to use in our soaps and skincare products to enable more transparency and cut our carbon footprint

Carbon Free Deliveries

Work with a local social enterprise to deliver orders within the community on electric bikes

B-Corp Assessment

Start our B-Corp journey by measuring our impact on our workers, community, environment, and customers.

More Ideas & Practical Tips

Develop more blogs and resources for our website to provide inspiration and practical tips to lead a more sustainable lifestyle