What is in our soap - and what is not
The main ingredient in Sedbergh Soap is glycerin derived from organically and ethically grown and processed coconut oil and palm oil. We support tightly managed plantations, to ensure that we do not add to the problem of depleting rainforests. The organic oils are also a major reason for the nice soft lather our soap has.
Packaging - Less is definitely More...and much better for the Environment
Because our soaps are also cut by hand they will vary a bit in size and shape. Each bar will weigh minimum of 125 gram but some may weigh up to 145 gram. Packaging or rather the limitation of it is very important to us. The packaging is minimal and the 'wrappers' are 100% biodegradable - so you can compost it all if you have a compost bin. And if not, you can recycle the paper again. Our philosophy is that if you are starting a new business these days - there is really no excuse not to think about the alternative forms of packaging available. - And we're pleased that so many of our customers and retailers agree.
biodegradable and recyclable material
The boxes we use for our Dead Sea Bath Soak are waxed paper and also biodegradable. The bottles we use throughout the business are 100% recyclable and moving forward we are experimenting with bottles, which are made from post-consumer material. In other words, made from plastic or other material, which has already been used before, and recycled to create new forms of packaging.
Re-use without recycling
If a piece of packaging can be re-used in its original form without being re-cycled it is many more times better for the environment. This is why we work work out Hospitality clients to help them limit waste as well as recycling by collecting their empty bulk bottles, whcih we clean and re-use...again and again....
The life of a cardboard box
We have entered into an agreement with a number of our wholesale customers and local shops to recycle their cardboard boxes. This means that if you order a larger quantity of soap it will arrive in a nice clean cardboard box but it may not be the first time it as been used. Our philosophy is 'why send a perfectly good box to the recycling plant when there is plenty of delivery miles left in it'?
Herbs and flowers and other bits
The colours are all naturally occurring when the herbs and flowers are mixed with the hot liquid soap before it sets and is cut into the bars of soap you see in the pictures. We grow nearly all of the flowers and herbs on our farm including Lavender, Nettles (!), Rosemary, Lemongrass, Mint and Heather. But I have to confess that we have not succeeded in growing orange to get the orange flowers.
Less Ego...more of the Good Stuff
Our ego is not so big we have to have our name on the outside of every box....because our growing number of stockists and their ever increasing sales of Sedbergh Soap tells us that you believe it is what's inside that counts. And because we don't spend a lot on packaging....we can spend more on the good stuff we put into our products, it's as simple as that. After all, we hope you prefer to pay for the product and not what it's wrapped in.