Photos courtesy of Hand in Hand Soap
For Philadelphia couple and AML friends Courtney and Bill, deciding to develop a business based on sustainable giving started with a very simple concept-a bar of soap.
Understanding the difficulty that most non-profits face trying to obtain funding, Hand in Hand Soap launched earlier this year. By directly tying charitable donations to the sale of an everyday product, Hand in Hand is able to give soap to those in needs and save lives without depending on a single donation. For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate the same bar to a child to help prevent water related illnesses and death.
The luxurious shea butter soap environmentally friendly, made in Vermont, shipped using eco-friendly packaging, comes with a free carbon offset, and a portion of all proceeds is used to save 50 square feet of rainforest for every bar sold. Hand in Hand Soap is certified by both the Natural Products Association and Fair Trade USA.
“The response we are getting from people already is that there is no other soap out there like this. Its eco friendly, luxurious, beautifully packaged and serves a very important purpose,” said Courtney.
Their debut scent is Orange Blossom and the duo is in the works for two additional scents. You can learn more about Hand in Hand by visiting their website, handinhandsoap.com.
How did the concept of Hand in Hand come about?
Billy: For years, Courtney and I have been trying to figure out a way of starting a business based on sustainable giving. We wanted to build our business around something everyone needs, but at the same time has the ability to save lives. And as simple as that sounds, soap has that power.
Courtney: The entire goal was to start something that would make a huge difference, without depending on a single donation.
Explain how this works.
Billy: For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate the same bar of soap to a child in need. We work directly with non-profits who specialize in soap distribution to children worldwide. Hand in Hand is able to utilize the existing infrastructure of these non-profits for our soap drops, so we can get the soap directly to the children who need it.
Many people are not aware of the difference a single bar of soap can make to a child in a third world country.
Courtney: Over five million children a year around the world are dying from easily preventable diseases. 50% of these deaths can be prevented by basic hygienic practices-like hand washing. For many of these people, soap is simply unattainable. By donating a bar of soap for every bar purchased, we are essentially saving the lives children who may have otherwise died of a water related illness.
Can local boutiques and businesses carry Hand in Hand?
Courtney: We are open to anyone who may want to carry our soap, and support our cause. We have gotten great interest from local boutiques and a few larger retail stores alike.
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