Friday, November 21, 2008

Soap Nuts in NY

As an update to my plastic-free post in July, I'd like to tell you all about two NY businesswomen I recently met who are selling soap nuts locally so I don't have to order them online anymore. Their names are Andrea Menke & Rebecca Alexander and they own Lark Organic Trading Co.

If you didn't read my previous post, here's a little info for you, or you can check out their site, it has loads of great info on the multiple uses for soap nuts, which I just learned today!

What are they?
Soapnuts grow on a Sapindus Mukorossi tree throughout Southern China and west to the Himalayas, Nepal and India. For thousands of years these sophisticated cultures have relied on soapnuts to clean their finest garments.

How do they work?
The secret is as simple as it is effective.
The seed and fruit contain saponin (natural soap) and a mild antibacterial foaming agent.
The seed and fruit are separated after harvest and the fruit (which is known as the soapnut or chinese soapberry) is then air-dried.
Water activates the soponin and the foaming agent.

Soapnuts are safe on all fabric types, especially silk and wool.
They have amazing cleansing-powers, are very effective at cutting through dirt and grease and are comparative to any conventional or environmentally friendly laundry detergent.

Why are they so special?
Because the soapnut comes from nature without any chemical additives or fragrances it is very gentle on your skin. They are also hypoallergenic which is especially great for babies, people with skin sensitivities and eczema. Soapnuts are organic, wild harvested, and from a sustainable source.

Because soapnuts are 100% biodegradable they do not pollute our water and soil.

By using soapnuts you have the opportunity to use a powerful, non-toxic cleaner that’s truly safe for your fabrics and your skin without harming our environment.

And best of all? No plastic packaging!

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