COP26: Scottish soap will provide a “gentle” wake-up call to United Nations climate talks in Glasgow

Delegates attending the UN talks will be treated to special eco-friendly soaps, locally made and capturing the essence of Scotland.

Its creators, Soapworks, hope the Coastal Shores Cleansing Bars – which take inspiration from Scotland’s spectacular coastline, fresh sea air and crashing waves – will serve as a “gentle” reminder of the need to protect the sea. planet while the negotiators go about their daily ablution.

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“Coastal Shores is a practical symbol of a sustainable future for the global personal care industry,” said Claire Caddis, Director of Sales and Business Development at Soapwork.

Soapworks was founded by Body Shop entrepreneur Dame Anita Roddick in 1988 to bring jobs and opportunities to the local community of Easterhouse, one of Glasgow’s most disadvantaged areas.

“Every time people use it we want them to think about Scotland and the goals of COP26.

“It’s a gentle, daily reminder of the importance of climate action and the small steps anyone can take to ensure a sustainable future. “

Soapworks was founded by Dame Anita Roddick, Body Shop entrepreneur, in 1988 to provide jobs and opportunities for the local community of Easterhouse, one of Glasgow’s most disadvantaged areas.

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Soapworks has created a new special eco-friendly cleaning bar named Coastal Shores, inspired by the rugged landscapes and seas of Scotland, which will be handed out at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow in November as a ‘gentle’ reminder of the need to save the planet

It is now part of the Daabon group, which promotes organic and sustainable agriculture.

The Coastal Shores Special Bar has been formulated to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of plastic-free bar toiletries and to highlight the importance of responsibly sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging in the beauty industry.

Ethical social enterprise and sustainability were founding principles of Soapworks and still form an integral part of the business today.

In 2002, the company launched an initiative in partnership with Glasgow the Caring City to deliver bar soap to vulnerable communities in the city, across the UK and internationally.

The Soapworks factory in the Easterhouse area of ​​Glasgow employs around 100 people and has the potential to produce over 50 million bars per year.

This has since grown significantly, and last year Soapworks handed out over half a million bars to support vulnerable people and help fight the Covid pandemic.

In addition to providing local food banks and homeless shelters, donations were sent to underprivileged communities and refugees in northern France, Serbia, Bosnia, Greece and Lebanon – to those affected by war, disease, natural disasters and acute deprivation.

In November, around 800 participants in the United Nations talks will be offered Coastal Shores bars, made from organic, vegan and certified sustainable ingredients.

Ms Caddis said: “We believe it is essential that everyone do their part in the fight against climate change, so we are grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate COP26 and to show our own commitment to a sustainable future. with the launch of Coastal Shores.

“Coastal Shores is the symbol of a more sustainable future for the personal care industry.

“Switching to bar-shaped soaps and toiletries can help reduce unnecessary plastic waste and use less water in production.

“Using sustainable and carefully selected ingredients like deforestation-free palm oil will help us protect the natural environment for the benefit of people and wildlife.

“As a Glasgow-based company, it is exciting to know that our city is playing a pivotal role in hosting such an important summit, and we look forward to seeing the positive changes it inspires. “

Soapworks employs over 100 people, some of whom have been with the company for over 30 years and many are from the Easterhouse area.

The company has the capacity to produce more than 50 million bars per year, including bar soap, cleansing bars and solid-format hair care such as conditioners.

UK households use around 13 billion plastic bottles each year, including containers for toiletries and personal care products.

It is believed that 5.5 billion of them escape domestic recycling and end up littered with garbage, buried or incinerated, which has serious impacts on natural habitats and human well-being.

Soapworks maintains that the switch from liquid soaps and shampoos to solid versions offers a sustainable solution to plastic pollution and unnecessary waste, while reducing the carbon footprint.

This palm oil used in the seabass is certified sustainable by the RSPO and Rainforest Alliance.

Made in Glasgow and presented in FSC approved, biodegradable and recyclable packaging, the soap serves as a practical symbol of the brand’s commitment to the environment and the local community.

Soapworks uses the product to promote the goals of COP26 by sharing it with local stakeholders and influencers and showcasing it to beauty brands and retailers across the UK.

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