Donations have reached $1370!

We've reached a total of $1370 in donations! This Christmas has been a big year for orders after the release of our new product, lip balms and gift packs! I love donation day, and it is particularly special today as it is the last day of 2017. What a great way to round off the year with donating funds to charity. A few of the organisations that received donations matched each amount, which means that even more funding goes towards these animals (African Wildlife Foundation even tripled each donation!) 
 
Thank you to everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals. $1 from every bar and sample pack sold is donated towards an endangered or threatened species, and 15% from every wedding favour and lip balm order.
Donations have been made to the following animal charities:
 
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
  • Orangutan Project
  • Save the Frogs
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Polar Bears International
  • Taronga Tiger Appeal
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Devil Ark

Happy New Year to everyone. Looking forward to another great year for Soap with Hope and making a positive difference for endangered animals around the world.

Nikki x


 

 

Donations have reached $1148!

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We've reached a total of $1148 in donations! A huge big thank you to everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals. $1 from every bar and sample pack sold is donated towards an endangered or threatened species, and 15% from every wedding favour order.
Donations have been made to the following animal charities:
 
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
  • Orangutan Project
  • Save the Frogs
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Polar Bears International
  • Taronga Tiger Appeal
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Devil Ark

 

 

Donations have reached $917!

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We've reached a total of $917.00 in donations! A huge big thank you for everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals. $1 from every bar and sample pack sold is donated towards an endangered or threatened species. 
 
Donations have been made to the following animal charities:
 
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
  • Orangutan Project
  • Amphibian Ark
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Polar Bears International
  • Taronga Tiger Appeal
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Devil Ark

 

 

Happy International Tigers Day! 29th July

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Happy International Tigers day everyone! This annual day is recognised as a way to promote awareness and support for conservation of tigers around the world. Unfortunately, less than 3000 currently remain in the wild, predominantly in Asia. Another staggering statistic, is that approximately 97% of all wild tigers have been lost in just over 100 years.
 
It is quite difficult to imagine our world without tigers. Although we may have only seen them in zoos and Dreamworld, we still know that they are out there, sharing our world. They aren't (and hopefully will never be) like the woolly mammoth or the dodo; an ancient creature that once roamed before us. We have grown up with them in our stories, with fierce Shere Khan in the Jungle Book, kind Rajah in Aladdin, and playful Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. They are a symbol of strength, power and in many religions, such as Buddism and Hindu, they are sacred, associated with compassion and generosity.
 
While travelling, I recently visited the small country of Bhutan. This incredibly influential country, both in terms of environmental conservation and it's gentle people, is one of the last remaining biological hotspots for tigers to live free and wild. There are currently just over 100 known tigers in the only 38,394 km² sized country, landlocked by two massively influential countries; India and China. Bhutan, however, is seeming to make a name for itself on a global scale, being the only carbon negative country in the world. Through it's 72% forest cover, and ambitious hydro-energy schemes, it is absorbing much more carbon out of the environment (a leading greenhouse gas emission) than it's whole population is producing. Not only that, but the country has designated 10 national parks and sanctuaries across the country, connected by biological 'corridors', so that animals, including the tiger, are free to roam naturally.
 
During my time in Bhutan, I was lucky enough to be able to meet inspiring conservationists, and perform studies similar to wild tiger projects, such as camera trapping, and track analysis. Many of these amazing scientists' lives are dedicated to protecting tigers, and go on expeditions into the wilderness for months at a time, discovering ways to help keep them safe in a developing world. Bhutan is small, but comparatively, their environmental policies outweigh any other larger country's, and hopefully their ethos can inspire others to keep a world that includes tigers.
 
Although I didn't see a tiger in person during my time in Bhutan, just knowing they were there gave me some comfort (and tbh nerves), that they were free and thriving in this ecological pocket. I hope to visit again sometime, and hope it is a time where we see tiger numbers increasing, rather than the seemingly forever decreasing numbers of most endangered or threatened species.
 
We love, respect and cherish tigers. So what can we do from here?
1. Choose FSC-certified or recycled tissue, paper towel and toilet paper products. Toilet paper is a leading cause of forest habitat destruction.
 
2. Go palm-oil free or look for products that use RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.
 
3. Look for Rainforest Alliance-Certified coffee and chocolate.
 
4. Stop illegal tiger trade on the black market. If you are visiting Asia, do not buy anything made from tiger pelts/skins, bone, meat etc. Learn more here http://www.traffic.org/tigers/
 
5. Adopt a tiger or donate to the organisations that can make a huge difference such as WWF or Taronga Tiger Appeal.
 
As you guys know, I make a Sumatran Tiger Soap Bar! $1 of each bar is donated to the Taronga Appeal, and although this doesn't sound like much, recently Soap with Hope's efforts have reached over $700 in donations to endangered animals. Every little bit helps. Not only does SwH donate, you are also doing your bit for their environment by purchasing a palm-oil and plastic free beauty product, that is good for your skin too. Visit my website here to read more and place an order! http://soapwithhope.com.au/sumatran-tiger-bar/
 
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Donations have reached $708!

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We've reached a whopping $708 in donations! A huge big thank you to everyone who purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals. 
 

Honey Bee Beauty Bar - $25 to Wheen Bee Foundation

Orangutan Citrus Cleanse - $20 to Orangutan Project

Green and Gold Bellfrog Bar - $20 to Amphibian Ark

African Elephant Exfoliant - $20 to African Wildlife Foundation

Polar Bear Bar - $20 to Polar Bears International

Sumatran Tiger Bar - $20 to Taronga Tiger Appeal

Himalayan Snow Leopard Scrub - $23 to Snow Leopard Trust


 

 

Happy Palm-free Easter!

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Your Palm oil Easter hunt is now a little easier! Did you know, palm oil is in many of the items we purchase at the supermarket, with chocolate and hot cross buns being main culprits 🍫

Hectares of forest and jungle habitats are destroyed each year to make way for Palm oil plantations, as the demand is just so high. Make a difference this Easter by purchasing preferably Palm-free products, or sustainable Palm oil products. Download Palm Oil Investigations (POI)'s awesome app which can scan products, let you know if Palm oil is present, and if so, if it's sustainable! 🌴

As many orangutans and their habitats are lost due to palm plantations, as a bonus leading up to Easter, Soap with Hope will double the donations made to orangutans when purchasing an Orangutan Citrus Cleanse! Offer will expire Monday 28th March. Happy hunting! 🐰🐣 

7 Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions

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The New Year is a great time to reflect on what you value, what you want to emphasise on for the year ahead, and whether changes need to be made. Of course we all know that resolutions made at the new year don't always stick around, often because they are too generalised (e.g, 'be healthier') or perhaps too unrealistic. What really sets you up for success is creating goals that you can calculate and measure, in order to achieve your desired outcome. For instance, rather than 'be healthier', change it to 'shop weekly on Sundays at the growers market, for local fresh fruit and veggies'. Successful New Years Resolutions need organisation and consistency. 

If you're planning to be more environmentally conscience this year, and trying to think of eco-friendly resolutions, then here I have put together 7 green-resolutions broken down for each of Soap with Hope's endangered animals. All of these points have a positive impact on animals in general and their natural habitats.

Green and Golden Bell Frog Resolution

Do not use pesticides or harsh chemical cleaners. Many pesticides end up in waterways, where amphibians live and breed. Amphibians have permeable skin that is highly absorbent, making them extremely susceptible to pollutants and pesticides. Where possible, buy organic foods and try using a home made recipe for bathroom and general cleaning. Here's a great recipe for a multi-purpose disinfectant:

Ingredients
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Essential Oil (optional)
Water
Eco-dish liquid

All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon eco-dish liquid, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir/shake. Let it sit for a minute, now fill bottle with warm water and shake it up. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, and add a few drops of essential oil if desired.

Polar Bear Resolution

How can we help Polar Bears when we are all the way down here in Australia? What we have learnt in recent years is that climate change is a global phenomenon, and that everything we do as individuals and as a community impacts the whole world. Right now, the biggest threat to Polar Bears is their diminishing sea-ice habitat due to rising temperatures. Reducing our emissions, even on an individual level, will have a profound impact as a whole on global warming. Some changes we can make around the home are:

  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs, and switch off any room or device that is not in use.
  • Reduce car emissions by emptying out any heavy items from the boot that you are carrying around for no reason, having your car serviced regularly, and using E10 petrol (or ride/walk where possible).
  • Switch your energy company to one that uses renewable energy, and that promotes carbon offsetting, such as Powershop

Orangutan Resolution

This one is simple, extremely important and has an enormous impact, but unfortunately, is not as easy as it should be. Go Palm Oil Free! Palm Oil demand is phenomenal, causing rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra to be destroyed to make way for palm plantations. Orangutans and their homes are being wiped out and are now at critical numbers. Unfortunately, palm oil is in nearly half the products in our supermarkets, being the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet. Even though the task seems daunting, we can make a difference; we just have to take a good hard look at what we are purchasing. When buying:

  • cosmetics
  • confectionary (mainly chocolate and lollies)
  • shampoo
  • instant noodles
  • ice-cream
  • detergent
  • margarine
  • packaged bread

...peel back the label and take a read. Often palm oil is not shown, and can go by other names such as 'Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol'.

Look for labels which state that they are palm free (preferably), or use sustainable palm oil. 

Honey Bee Resolution

Plant, grow and eat your own food. This is a fun and highly rewarding project to start. By starting a garden, whether it's a veggie patch, flower garden or just a small herb garden, you are ensuring yourself quality, organic food. Bees are attracted to particular plants in the garden, and play an essential role in pollination. Without bees, many of our vegetables would not even make it to the harvest stage. Some particular bee-attracting plants are:

  • Lavender
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Nasturtiums
  • Catmint
  • Yates Phacelia
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Rocket

African Elephant Resolution

Poaching is a harsh truth that is still impacting African Elephant populations today. Ivory is still in demand, particularly in Asian countries, which in turn leads to illegal poaching of threatened elephants. It is estimated that these animals will be extinct by 2020 if it continues. What we can do is stop the trade of ivory and spread the word. Ivory is mainly used for:

  • chopsticks
  • souvenirs and trinkets
  • ornamental objects and jewellery

Do not buy ivory. Be aware of what items are made from, especially when travelling in other countries. 

Sumatran Tiger Resolution

Become a zoo parent - adopt an animal! Taronga conservation society is a non-for profit organisation supporting wildlife conservation, caring for 4000 animals of over 350 species. Taronga's animal adoptions supports:

  • Vital breeding programs for endangered animals
  • Essential conservation partnerships around the globe
  • Wildlife hospitals and essential rehabilitation programs at both of our Zoos
  • Veterinary requirements for all the animals in our care
  • Fulfilling the day to day needs of our animals including food and enclosure maintenance
  • State-of-the-art wildlife exhibits

Adopt a Tiger here to help make a positive impact on the future of Sumatran Tigers.

Himalayan Snow Leopard Resolution

Habitat destruction is a major threat for these extremely rare, endangered animals. An important way to help not only Snow Leopards, but many other large cats, is by purchasing sustainable products that guarantee environmental, economic and social sustainability. When buying wood, coffee, paper, chocolate, or any other product in which forest land may have been affected, look for these symbols:

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I hope you enjoyed my 7 resolutions for my 7 animals, and wish you a happy and eco-friendly 2016! 🙂


 

 

 

Borneo blazes on - Orangutans in desperate need

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Catastrophic wildfires in Borneo spread in a thick haze across Indonesia, devastating the forests where orangutans live. Many have perished in the fire, with their habitats completely gone. It has been found that the fires were started by farmers engaged in slash and burn agriculture, a technique that involves burning of virgin rainforest to clear the way for commercial crops such as oil palm and acacia pulp plantations. This is not only devastating for orangutan populations, but has emitted an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, which is around four times the total average annual emissions of Australia.6912604-3x2-700x467

The news is so awful that it is difficult to comprehend; that a disaster with such an impact was man-made. The truth of it is that palm-oil demand continues to riseand fires are lit every dry season to clear the way for palm plantations. Palm oil is pretty much everywhere, from beauty products to chocolate and everything in between. It’s the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet and is found in roughly half of all packaged products in supermarkets. 

Be aware, choose palm oil free products and stop the demand.

The links below provide more detail on the fires and how you can help. Many orangutan rescues are working hard on the grounds, to find injured animals and place them into care, however the problem is just too severe.

To help, you can donate directly to Orangutan Project, or by purchasing an Orangutan Citrus Cleanse soap, $1 per bar is donated. Let's hope that this catastrophic event is over soon, and some precious orangutan lives can be saved.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-02/orangutans-forced-out-of-habitat-by-indonesian-peat-blaze/6906156

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Donations have reached $560

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A huge big thank you to everyone who purchased soap over the Christmas period. The last few months have been the busiest yet for Soap with Hope, and thanks to all those wonderful Christmas gifts purchased, total donations have reached $560! I am thrilled to have reached such a great number, and looking forward to keeping it continually growing.
 

Honey Bee Beauty Bar - $87.50 to Wheen Bee Foundation

Orangutan Citrus Cleanse - $86.50 to Orangutan Project

Green and Gold Bellfrog Bar - $98 to Amphibian Ark

African Elephant Exfoliant - $74 to African Wildlife Conservation

Polar Bear Bar - $98 to Polar Bears International

Sumatran Tiger Bar - $29 to Taronga Tiger Appeal

Himalayan Snow Leopard Scrub - $87 to Snow Leopard Trust


 

 

Polar Bear Week wraps up

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Photo copyright Kt Miller/Polar Bears International.

Polar Bears International have been busy this past week, as it was Polar Bear Week. This event coincides with the migration to Churchill, where many bears can be seen waiting for the ice to freeze. During Polar Bear Week, they focused on the impact that longer ice-free seasons have on the fat reserves of bears. Read more about their important work.


 

Watch Polar Bears live!

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Have you ever wanted to watch a Polar Bear in it's natural environment? Explore.org has live cams set up all over the world, including in the arctic, to allow us to observe nature up close and personal anytime we wish. 

Here we can see Polar Bears sleeping, fighting, playing and at this time of the year, hanging around on land waiting for the sea ice to form. During this special time, the bears migrate to Churchill, Manitoba, waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze in order to venture out and hunt their main food source - seals.

Watch some bears! POLAR BEAR ILLUSTRATION


 

The qualities of handmade soaps

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You may have heard, or even guessed, that handmade soap is better for you than commercial soaps, but what exactly are the reasons? To put it simply, they use fewer, more natural ingredients, to give a more wholesome product. The benefits, however, extend far beyond this:

Retains glycerin - a natural by-product of soap making, creating a cleanser with an abundant, luxurious lather that cleans like nothing else. As a bonus, it does not strip your skin of its natural, protective oils. In commercial soaps, glycerin is often extracted out, as it can cause the bar to break down faster in the bath or shower, and is replaced with detergent cleansers and fillers.

- Made with plant based oils - rather than using animal fats, tallow or chemicals. Oils such as cocoa butter, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, coconut oil are just a few of the many different types used in handmade soaps, all with different moisturising and lather properties. 

No animal testing - we know that what goes in to the bar is natural and non-reactive, therefore there is no need to lab test, unlike some commercial varieties. 

- Variety - the combinations of ingredients and scents are endless! There are infinite recipes, just like in cooking, that produce bars of soaps that lather, smell and feel different in so many ways. 

- Reduce allergic reactions - The simple reaction of lye and oils to create a glycerin bar of soap, which cleanses your skin while honouring their natural oils, is the reason why handmade soap promotes healthy skin. Mix this with other natural goodies from the earth, such as sea clay or rock salts, and the skin-loving opportunities are endless. Handmade soap has also been found to change many lives in relieving common issues such as acne, excess and itchiness.


 

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